| Dr. Arthur L. Scott |
Dr. Arthur L. Scott, president of Northampton Community College, will deliver the commencement address during the 44th commencement exercises at DeSales University at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, on the campus mall, between McShea Student Center and Trexler Library. (Note: In case of rain commencement will be held in Billera Hall.)
During the ceremony, DeSales President Father Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, will confer degrees upon 430 graduating students, including undergraduates, graduates and ACCESS students. Also, Scott will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Scott started at Northampton County Community College in 1976. Since then he has served as director of records, director of admissions, vice president of student affairs, chief labor negotiator, overseer of college services, and provost. He was installed as president of Northampton Community College in July of 2003.
In addition to his duties at Northampton, Scott has also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University. Early in his career, he was a high school teacher.
Active in the community, Scott currently serves on the boards of the St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc., Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturers Resource Center. He served as the 2008 Light the Night Corporate Walk Chair for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In past years, Scott was instrumental in the formation of one United Way for the Lehigh Valley during his tenure as chair of the board of United Way of Northampton and Warren counties. He helped create Leadership Lehigh Valley and is a past chair of its board. Scott was also president of the board of directors of Community Services for Children, and past chairman of PA Campus Compact.
In 2008, Scott was the recipient of the YWCA of Bethlehem Velvet Hammer Award for outstanding commitment to racial justice. In 2004 he was honored with the Inez and Edward Donley Award for Advocacy for Children presented by Community Services for Children
Scott holds the Ed.D. and M.Ed., both from Lehigh University, and a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College. While studying at Lehigh, he was named a University Scholar and received the Matthew W. Gaffney Award for Academic Excellence.