Cam­bridge na­tive named Cam­bridge Cen­ter in­terim di­rec­tor

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— Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Pres­i­dent Dr. Clif­ford P. Cop­per­smith re­cently an­nounced Cam­bridge res­i­dent Am­ber Tol­ley McGin­nis will serve as in­terim di­rec­tor of the Cam­bridge Cen­ter ef­fec­tive Aug. 16.

A col­lege fac­ulty mem­ber since 2008, McGin­nis is an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and has been the Hon­ors Pro­gram Di­rec­tor since 2015.

“As a com­mu­nity res­i­dent, Am­ber has a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all that Dorch­ester County of­fers to its cit­i­zens and em­ploy­ers,” Cop­per­smith


“With her strong com­mu­ni­ca­tions back­ground, she un­der­stands the im­por­tance of of­fer­ing classes that meet the com­mu­nity’s needs and how to best mar­ket those pro­grams to prospec­tive stu­dents.”

He said McGin­nis’s ten­ure with the col­lege, un­der­stand­ing of the school’s

dual en­roll­ment and credit pro­grams, fa­mil­iar­ity with fac­ulty and staff, and knowl­edge of Dorch­ester County made her par­tic­u­larly well suited for this year-long ap­point­ment.

As in­terim di­rec­tor, McGin­nis will fa­cil­i­tate a strate­gic plan­ning process to ad­dress ed­u­ca­tional and work­force de­vel­op­ment path­ways that are cen­tral to Dorch­ester’s econ­omy in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, health care, tourism, and agri­cul­ture. She also will over­see plans for the Cam­bridge Cen­ter’s 40th an­niver­sary in 2019.

McGin­nis was awarded Ch­e­sa­peake’s 2018-2020 Stu­art M. Bounds Distin­guished Teach­ing Chair for in­no­va­tion in teach­ing and learn­ing.

“I want to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships crit­i­cal to the Cam­bridge Cen­ter’s suc­cess and an­tic­i­pate work­ing closely with lo­cal ed­u­ca­tors, res­i­dents and the business com­mu­nity to strengthen the cam­pus’ role as a cen­ter of both credit and work­force de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ships,” McGin­nis said. “I look for­ward to work­ing on the strate­gic plan to help iden­tify

and build pro­grams, part­ner­ships and in­tern­ships that strengthen our role and re­la­tion­ships.”

McGin­nis, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Col­le­giate Hon­ors Coun­cil, said she will con­tinue to over­see the col­lege’s Hon­ors Pro­gram from Cam­bridge and plans to teach one sec­tion of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions 101 (Fun­da­men­tals of Oral and Or­ga­ni­za­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions) at the Cam­bridge Cen­ter dur­ing the fall and spring semesters.

McGin­nis is a grad­u­ate of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester

High School, holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Tow­son Univer­sity and a Masters of Arts in Publi­ca­tions De­sign from the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more.

McGin­nis is mar­ried and has two chil­dren. Prior to her ten­ure at Ch­e­sa­peake, she was em­ployed for seven years by Erick­son Re­tire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Bal­ti­more in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions cul­mi­nat­ing as di­rec­tor of ad­ver­tis­ing where she over­saw a $10 mil­lion strate­gic mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions bud­get.


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