Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard has been named as the next president of Montgomery College. The College’s Board of Trustees made the announcement on May 18 in a communication to students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Pollard brings 15 years of community college teaching and leadership experience to Montgomery College. She currently serves as the president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California.
“The Board of Trustees looks forward to the leadership that Dr. Pollard will bring to one of the country’s best community colleges,” said Dr. Michael Lin, chair of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. “Throughout the search process, Dr. Pollard impressed both the board and the search advisory committee by her passion and devotion to the advancement of the community college mission and the students we serve.”
Dr. Pollard will officially start her role as president on August 2, 2010. She will become the ninth chief executive officer in the College’s 64-year history.
“I am thankful and truly honored that the Board of Trustees selected me as the next president of Montgomery College,” said Dr. Pollard. “I am impressed with the caliber of the faculty, staff, administrators and students at Montgomery College. I look forward to meeting and learning from them and the alumni, donors, business community and elected officials who support this wonderful institution and its mission of changing lives.”
Since 2008, Dr. Pollard has led Las Positas College as its president. Under her leadership, the community college has seen nearly a 15 percent increase in enrollment while also implementing an aggressive $230 million facilities modernization program. She pursued and encouraged new and expanded strategic community partnerships, which have led to the increased recognition of Las Positas College within the Tri-Valley region, the state of California, and the country as an institution dedicated to student success and community transformation. Additionally, Las Positas College recently underwent a successful reaccreditation process.
Dr. Pollard’s community college career began as a professor of English at the College of Lake County (IL) in 1995. She taught courses ranging from developmental reading and college composition to minority literature and early American literature. Additionally, she developed the institution’s award-winning New Faculty Institute and its Center for Teaching and Learning. After several progressive administrative positions, Dr. Pollard was selected as the college’s vice president of educational affairs. She served in the position until her appointment as president of Las Positas College.
Dr. Pollard received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, and both her M.A. and B.A. in English from Iowa State University. SOURCE: Knapp website