Ross Narghang Award
This award is named after and honors the first MACCA President’s (1970) outstanding service and dedication to our community. As the most prestigious award presented by MACCA, it is a special recognition and appreciation award granted to the MACCA President for dedicated leadership, commitment, and enhancement of the MACCA Mission.
2019 Recipient ~ Linda Lenoir
Linda Lenoir: Linda LeNoir is Assistant Director for Alumni Relations and Special Projects for the University Career Center & the President’s Promise at the University of Maryland. She joined the University Career Center in 1981 as a career counselor and maintains a passion for working with people to best understand and learn how to negotiate the job search process. In her current capacity, she develops and supervises the Center’s strategy and effectiveness in assisting UMD alumni, international students, students with disabilities, and others in their career decision making efforts. She also oversees the management of the Center’s Front Desk operation, Peer Career Assistant Program, and serves as the Center’s Equity Officer. Linda is the 2019 President of MACCA, a position where she has provided leadership to an awesome team of Board members over the past year. Among successes of the team – updating of the MACCA By Laws; creation of a Marketing calendar and strategy; training in the NBCC process for the awarding of clock hours for professional development programming; a successful spring Summit; financial scrutiny and oversight resulting in clarity and openness on budgeting priorities; and the soon-to-be successful Annual Conference, which was re-envisioned for 1.5 days based on membership recommendation. Previously, Linda has served as Nominations chair; Hospitality chair; Marketing/PR chair; German Scholarship chair; Member-at-Large for Maryland; and a conference presenter numerous times. In addition to MACCA, Linda has served in many leadership roles with the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) including Diversity Advancement chair, Principles for Professional Responsibilities co-chair, and a member of several committees - Honors & Awards, Face2Face, Annual Conference, Leadership Advancement Program; and the Ambassador Program. She is a member of the Hire Big10+ Career Consortium, and chaired its 2017 annual conference. Last but not least, she has over 25 years of leadership experience with the Eastern Association of Colleges & Employers (EACE).Linda holds an Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate in Educational Psychology, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, all from Howard University. In 2006, Linda was selected as one of six career counseling professionals as a Fulbright scholar and participated in the US Administrators for International Education seminar in Germany. Testimony: “Linda has assumed the role of President by giving of herself wholeheartedly. In a season of resignations and transitions of Board Members, Linda has maintained an attitude of goodwill and understanding. She is an encourager and fortified the team with understanding of individual challenges and full support. Linda fills in the gap with a sense of team while maintaining professionalism. Her love for MACCA is obvious; she is fully invested to the organization's success.”