About Lane Community College Foundation
In support of Lane Community College,
- We inspire donors to invest in Lane Community College's power to transform lives;
- We build relationships with community and college stakeholders;
- We manage and grow our endowment;
- We ensure the appropriate use of all funds; and
- We increase access to quality education through student scholarships
Lane Community College Foundation is dedicated to making education affordable and accessible to all community members. We help bring dedicated donors who support educational opportunities and are committed to investing in the long-term growth of our community.
Invest In Lane. Invest In Success.
Wendy Jett, Foundation Director
Lane Community College is now over 50 years old and has touched the lives of multiple generations of families. One of the best parts of my job is working with Lane’s original donors, their children, and even their grandchildren – families who give together and build upon each other’s legacy. Whether it is a family deciding to create an endowment with a major gift, one that gives small amounts over time, or one that includes Lane in their estate – what is important is that family members are discussing their philanthropic choices and sharing their passions and values with their children.
I remember a luncheon we hosted to bring together the scholarship recipients and family members of Bernice Ingalls Staton, who established a significant scholarship endowment during her lifetime. Multiple members of her family were present; they came to meet her scholarship recipients and to ensure those recipients know that the entire family supports them. One of the family members brought his young daughter, Bernice’s great-granddaughter. He told me he did this so that she could see how important these scholarships are and how this gift has changed so many lives. He brought her to witness the impact of his family’s work, so that she could absorb it and carry that feeling forward in her own future choices. It was an inspiring moment. When that young girl spoke with scholarship recipients, faces lit up on both sides. Our scholarship recipients, some of whom don’t have family support of their own, felt the very real commitment from this family.
When you make a gift, no matter how large, you are making a choice that transforms not only the life of a student or the success of a program, but all the lives that are touched by them. It is a choice that also affects your own family. A gift of money or time is an expression of the values you hold, values that can be passed down from parent to child. That is one of the most wonderful aspects of giving – you cannot do it in isolation. You are connected, whether to your own family members or to your Lane “family.”
Thank you for the continued support you and your family give to Lane.
Margaret Hamilton, President, Lane Community College
Dr. Margaret Hamilton joined Lane Community College as its seventh president on July 1, 2017. She is a widely respected executive in community college education, strategic planning, accreditation, curriculum development, human relations, workforce and economic development, and in building partnerships with post-secondary education, higher education, and business and industry.
Prior to Lane, Dr. Hamilton served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at Camden County College, where she provided leadership for over 25,000 credit and noncredit students at three locations across southern New Jersey. Her 29 year career in higher education includes leadership positions in academic and student affairs, administrative services, and human resources and labor relations. Dr. Hamilton’s teaching experience in nursing education provided her an opportunity to share her clinical experiences working in urban centers such as Children’s Hospital in Norfolk Virginia, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Education from Widener University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Her honors include a 2011 Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in recognition for her outstanding service to two year institutions of higher education for work that personifies dedication and excellence in community colleges, as well as the Dean’s Citation in 2000 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Health Related Professions, now Rutgers School of Health Professions, for outstanding contributions in allied health education.
Hamilton served on boards for the Collegiate Consortium of NJ-PA, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, New Jersey Society for Allied Health Professions and Mainstage Center for the Arts, as well as a commissioner on academic, student and community development for the American Association of Community Colleges, past chair for the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group and current member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, AAUW and AACC. After establishing a global partnership with Nanyang Medical College in China, she was an honored guest at opening ceremonies at Nanyang Medical College in 2015, where she toured the Chinese Medicine College, gave a symposium to faculty, and lectures to students on western medicine and health care education in the United States.
Hamilton has been a reviewer for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, a speaker on assessment and accreditation, health care education, faculty development, new program development and executive leadership, and serves as a consultant in higher education. She has been seen on Comcast News and quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier Post, SNJtoday.com, Lourdesnet.org/news, NJBMagazine.com and Camden County and Burlington CountyWomanMagazines NJ.com.