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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 05/18/2010

New president for Montgomery College

By Washington Post editors

After a five month nationwide search, officials at Montgomery College announced Tuesday that they have selected DeRionne P. Pollard, currently the presidfent at Las Positas College in Livermore, Ca. to be the campus' new president.

“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 said in a prepared 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 begin her job as president in August. She will be the 64-year-old college's ninth chief executive officer.

Pollard has been president at Las Positas College since 2008. Under her tenure, enrollment at the community college increased nearly 15 percent, while at the same time implementing an aggressive $230 million facilities modernization program.

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.

She and her partner of over 20 years, Robyn A. Jones, are the proud parents of a three-year-old son, Myles Julian Pollard-Jones.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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