In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 60,000 credit and noncredit students, and spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. Dr. Pollard has partnered actively with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help students transition from high school to college completion. The program now has 1,700 students enrolled. Montgomery College is now a member of Achieving the Dream network, a non-governmental reform movement for student success at community colleges.
Dr. Pollard formerly served as president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She served on the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and the Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development. Dr. Pollard is a member of the Community College Advisory Panel at the College Board and the Higher Education Research and Development Institute Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Closer to home, she serves on the board of Montgomery County Business Development Corporation, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Universities at Shady Grove, and Generation Hope. She was recently named one of Washington’s 100 Most Influential Women by Washingtonian Magazine, and was awarded a Visionary Award by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Pollard received her PhD degree in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago and her MA and BA degrees in English from Iowa State University. She has been honored by Leadership Montgomery, The Daily Record, Bethesda Magazine, and the Washington Business Journal.