Montgomery College names new president
DeRionne Pollard, president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California, has been selected as the new president of Montgomery College.
Pollard replaces Hercules Pinkney, an administrator who returned from retirement to fill in after trustees of Maryland's oldest community college removed President Brian K. Johnson in September. There were disagreements with Johnson over expenses, travel and management style.
Pollard has been president of Las Positas since 2008 and is one of the youngest community college presidents in the nation, according to this profile in a local business paper.
She'll speak to the college community later today.
Montgomery College officials said in a release Pollard has 15 years experience in community college teaching and leadership.
"The Board of Trustees looks forward to the leadership that Dr. Pollard will bring to one of the country's best community colleges," said Michael Lin, chair of the college's Board of Trustees, in the statement. "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."
Pollard will start work Aug. 2 as the ninth chief executive in the college's 64-year history.
Pollard said in the college statement that she was "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."
Pollard was chosen in a five-month national search.
At Las Positas College, near the San Francisco Bay, Pollard has overseen a 15 percent increase in enrollment and overseen a $230 million facilities modernization program. The college recently completed successful re-accreditation.
Pollard began as a professor of English at the College of Lake County, Ill, in 1995. She has taught courses "ranging from developmental reading and college composition to minority literature and early American literature," according to the statement.
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Daniel de Vise
May 18, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
Categories: Administration , Community Colleges | Tags: Brian K. Johnson, Hercules Pinkney, Montgomery College, Montgomery College president
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