2009 ACCSC Volunteer of the Year - Valerie Njie
Valerie Njie has served as an ACCSC Team Leader since 2000, conducting over 50 on-site evaluations on behalf of the Commission.
Ms. Njie currently serves as the Vice President of the Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bidwell Training Center
is a unique postsecondary institution that has been in operation for over forty years serving disadvantaged and dislocated residents in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Ms. Njie has been with Bidwell Training Center since 1981 and has also served as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as an education specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Valerie's commitment to society and education is further demonstrated by her
educational social work duties and responsibilities while living in the Gambia in South Africa.
Ms. Njie holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a MS degree in Management - Human Resource Development from the University of Utah located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
commitment and dedication to higher education and her
tireless efforts to serve on ACCSC on-site evaluation teams make her
an excellent candidate to be selected for multiple site reviews.
has participated in several Commission-directed and other challenging on-site evaluations and provides an exceptional sense of leadership.
In addition, she has served the Commission as an Appeals Panel Member since 2007 and consistently demonstrates her compassion with regard to the sector of higher education and the ACCSC membership while upholding the integrity of the ACCSC Standards of Accreditation.
Comments from colleagues include the following: "Val
is incredibly energetic and quickly agrees to serve on teams," "Valerie
is a role-model for volunteers, which is made evident by her
passion to our sector of higher education," and "Val
is always well prepared, focused, and retains a balance of fairness, humanity, and the appropriate protocol/s during on-site evaluations, especially those most challenging."