Welcome to Montgomery College—the largest community college in Maryland—where you will find the education and the support to achieve your goals.
As president of Montgomery College, I am joined by our award-winning faculty and staff in our efforts to make Montgomery College the most relevant community college in the country. For it is only by being relevant that we can empower you to change your life and enrich the life of our community.
This is more than a promise: it is our mission. We are committed to working with you to help you achieve your educational goals. I encourage you to dream big as you plan for your own future and work your way towards your own brand of personal success.
Whether you are working on your degree or certificate, looking to hone existing skills, or simply taking classes for personal enrichment, Montgomery College offers more than 100 credit and noncredit programs of study. Plus, we offer exceptional student support services in everything from academic advising and career counseling, to employment services and state-of-the-art learning centers and labs.
As you follow your own path to success, know that we look forward to celebrating your unique accomplishments, whether it is making the Dean's List, finishing your studies, or earning a degree in the field of your choice—a significant and valuable testament to achieving your goals.
It is my sincere hope that you will find your experience at the College enriching, rewarding, and memorable—and that you will develop relationships with mentors and fellow students that will last a lifetime.
Best wishes for a wonderful year,
DeRionne P. Pollard, PhD
View Dr. Pollard's biography.
In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 56,000 credit and noncredit students. She spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. She 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.
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 for the American Association of Community Colleges and is serving her first year as the president of the American Association of Women for 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, won an Academic Leadership Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York, and was awarded a Visionary Award by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.
Dr. Pollard received her PhD in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago and her MA and BA in English from Iowa State University. She has also been honored by Leadership Montgomery, The Daily Record, Bethesda Magazine and the Washington Business Journal.
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