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Bethlehem YMCA names Moravian Professor Michelle Schmidt First Female Board President

Michelle SchmidtBethlehem, Pa., January 26, 2011-- Michelle E. Schmidt, an associate professor and chair of the psychology department at Moravian College was recently named board president by The Bethlehem YMCA, becoming the first female to be named to the position.

Schmidt earned her bachelor's degree from Drew University and her master's and doctorate in development psychology from George Mason University. Her research interests are in social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Her current projects include a study of friendship and victimization in elementary school and recently completed a book on the subject.

She has won the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 2003 and the Timothy Breidegam Memorial Faculty Service Award in 2003 and 2010.

In addition to several boards, Schmidt has served as a member of Governor Rendell’s Executive Leadership Council of Pre-K Counts Public-Private Partnership for Educational Success from 2007-2009. Before taking on the role of president of the Board of Trustee’s for the Bethlehem YMCA, she served a term as first vice president.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.