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Ida Greidanus, keynote speaker at the 42nd PCCC Commencement

Commencement 2014

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ida Greidanus, Ed.D.

Passaic County Community College
Professor of Biology

B.A. Calvin College (MI)
M.S. Wayne State University
Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University

A biology professor at PCCC since 1972, Dr. Ida Greidanus, who retires at the end of this semester, will deliver the keynote address at the 42nd Commencement Ceremonies.

“It is a great honor,” said Dr. Greidanus. “PCCC is a wonderful school. Awesome in its diversity and collegial atmosphere. I could never imagine teaching anywhere else.”

A highly respected and beloved member of the faculty, Dr. Greidanus is noted for her commitment to students, willingness to take on projects that advance the mission of the College, and leadership in significant academic initiatives, particularly the 2002 federal STEM grant project to expand learning opportunities for urban students in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

PCCC President Steven Rose commended Dr. Greidanus for distinguished service that “helped the institution evolve and advance to its current stature.  Her unique, committed, and dedicated contributions as the lead person in the accreditation process cannot go without notice.  It has been duly recognized and sincerely appreciated throughout the College Community,”

Academic and Administrative Service

Dr. Greidanus was honored twice, in 1998 and 2012, with the PCCC Presidential Awards. She has served as Academic Council president and participated in the planning and development of new science laboratories. She also founded the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

A frequent representative of PCCC at statewide initiatives in higher education and biology, Dr. Greidanus also served on numerous college accreditation teams and has participated in projects for the benefit of the community and local high schools.

Her presentations at conferences focused on topics ranging from assessment of student learning to improving academic advisement and developing technological literacy.

Publications and Community Service

Dr. Greidanus has published numerous articles and held the post of managing editor for the newsletters of two organizations, the New Jersey Consortium of Community College Biology Educators and Paterson Habitat for Humanity.

Her extensive community service includes a stint as Board of Directors secretary for the New Jersey Skylands Botanical Gardens, Board vice-president for the New Jersey Federal Credit Union, and founding member of Paterson Habitat for Humanity.

Education and Future Endeavors

An advocate of a broad liberal education, Dr. Greidanus holds an Ed.D. degree in nutrition from Columbia University. She earned her B.A. degree in biology and chemistry from Calvin College (MI) and her M.S. in biology and physiology from Wayne State University.

She is currently working on a grant for PCCC from the National Science Foundation and plans to remain actively involved with the College after her retirement.

Dr. Greidanus credits much of her success to growing up on a Wisconsin farm in an immigrant family that struggled to make their way in a new country.  Read more about her life.