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Leadership Montgomery Selects Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard for Class of 2012

Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, has been selected for the Class of 2012 of Leadership Montgomery, as a member of the Core program. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Leadership Montgomery brings together current and emerging leaders, and offers them a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the complex social and economic issues of Montgomery County and the region. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants are challenged to learn about and experience leadership by evaluating issues, considering thought-provoking viewpoints and examining leadership styles.

Dr. Pollard leads Montgomery College, a multicampus community college in Montgomery County, Md., with more than 60,000 credit and noncredit students. At her inauguration, Dr. Pollard launched the Montgomery College Innovation Fund to inspire faculty and staff to develop new ideas for educating students. Private funding through the Montgomery College Foundation supports the fund.

As one of Dr. Pollard’s early priorities, she spearheaded the creation of new College mission, vision, and core values statements, which were approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2011. Other priorities include working with the College community to create an inclusive, participatory governance system and to increase student completion. Under her leadership, Montgomery College was selected one of 40 community colleges nationwide to pilot the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) to determine how best to benchmark student success at community colleges nationwide.

Dr. Pollard serves on two commissions at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC): the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and the Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development. She represents AACC on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat’s Working Group on Persistence and Completion, and she serves on the Presidents’ Round Table of the National Council of Black American Affairs. Dr. Pollard is a member of the Advisory Board for O.P. Jindal Community College (India).

Dr. Pollard serves on several boards, including Maryland Campus Compact, Montgomery County Business Development Corporation, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Universities of Shady Grove, the Tech Council of Maryland, and IMPACT Silver Spring. She is a member of the board of directors for Strathmore, an arts center in North Bethesda, and she has joined other area women leaders as a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Women’s Leadership Forum.

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