Ursula Parrish Daniels, Ed.D.

Ursula Parrish Daniels
Executive Assistant to the President

Dr. Daniels began her tenure at Bergen Community College in 1976 as a Professor in the disciplines of Education and Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences.  She is the Founding Director of the College’s Child Development Center (CDC) which opened its doors in 1982.  Since its opening, the CDC has served as the learning laboratory for students who are primarily enrolled in both the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and the A.S./P.S. option in Education.  This state-of-the-art center has served as the training site for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Bergen County Office for Children and Monarch Teachers’ Network Internationale.

In addition to her teaching, Dr. Daniels has served as the Chair of the Early Childhood Community Advisory Board and is a member of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Community Advisory Board.  She was also appointed Co-Project Director for the US Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) grant from 1999 -2006.  Recently, Dr. Daniels was a member of the team that responded to the proposal for the STEM grant which was awarded by the US Department of Education in 2011.   She is also Club Advisor for the Early Childhood Education Club and the African Student Union.  She is also the former Chair of the Department of Education.

Dr. Daniels is the recipient of numerous awards for her work in the community.  Her awards include the Pioneer Women of the 1990s award from former County Executive Pat Schuber, an Award for Excellence from the Bergen Family Center, the Kathryn Miller Award for Community Service received from the Paramus Unitarian Church, the Sojourner Truth Award from the Hackensack and Vicinity Chapter of the National Negro Business and Professional, and the Martin Luther King “Keeper of the Dream Award” in 2010.  She also serves on numerous Boards of Directors in Bergen County.

She earned a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. from Hunter College, The City University of New York and an Ed.D. from New York University.