Dr. Micheal McDonough


President, Raritan Valley Community College

A native of Preston in Northwest England, Dr. Michael J. McDonough now resides in Hunterdon County with his wife, children, and three dogs (Jersey Girl, Quincy, and Ponyboy). The father of three and Buffalo Bills fan is an aficionado of golf, reading, travel, and theatre. He’s also a trivia buff and has a passion for classic rock, especially from the 1960s and ‛70s. 

Dr. Michael J. McDonough is Raritan Valley Community College’s eighth president. He has served in that role since June 2014. Prior to joining RVCC, McDonough served as provost and vice president of academic services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY (2011-2014); as dean of Liberal Arts at Monroe Community College (2007-2011); and as professor of English at Alfred University in Alfred, NY (1987-2007). He also has taught at Pennsylvania State University and Oklahoma State University.

McDonough holds leadership positions in a number of academic organizations, both on the national and state level. These include the College Board, as a member of the Board of Trustees and as the chair of the Academic Assembly Council; American Association of Community Colleges, member of the Commission on Research, Technology & Emerging Trends; New Jersey Presidents’ Council, member of the Academic Issues and Transfer committees; and New Jersey Council of County Colleges, member of the Course Review Committee and as vice chair of the NJCC Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.

McDonough received his B.A. in Film and Drama and a Post Graduate Certification of Education from Reading University in England; an M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University; a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University; and an I.E.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.