Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard serves as president of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland. In this role, she oversees the education and student services for 60,000 credit and noncredit students.
Dr. Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College on August 2, 2010, following a national search by the College’s Board of Trustees. As president, Dr. Pollard also serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Pollard has devoted her career to the advancement of the community college mission and the students we serve. She formerly served as president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. Under her leadership, Las Positas College experienced a nearly 15 percent enrollment increase, implemented an aggressive $230 million facilities modernization program, and experienced a highly successful reaccreditation.
Dr. Pollard has been extremely active in developing and strengthening partnerships with high schools, governmental agencies, social service organizations, business, and industry. She served on the boards for the Tri-Valley YMCA and EdSource. Additionally, she was appointed to the Commission on the Future of the Community College League of California. She also serves on the Commission on Research and Emerging Trends for the American Association of Community Colleges and is an active member of the Presidents’ Round Table of the National Council of Black American Affairs.
Dr. Pollard’s community college career began at College of Lake County (Ill.) in 1995 as a faculty member in English. 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 vice president of educational affairs in 2005 where she served until her appointment as president of Las Positas College.
Dr. Pollard is a frequent speaker with a deep-rooted commitment to teaching and learning, equity and access, professional development, and community partnerships. Her awards include the Most Influential African American of Lake County (Chairman’s Award), the YWCA Woman of Achievement, the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from Iowa State University, and the East Bay Woman of Distinction Award.
Dr. Pollard received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, and her M.A. and B.A. in English from Iowa State University.
She and her partner of over 20 years, Ms. Robyn A. Jones, are the proud parents of a three-year-old son, Myles Julian Pollard