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For Immediate Release (00-06)
Date: March 3, 2000
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Names Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as
New Vice President of Academic and Student Services
Current VP from Lake Superior College Will Replace
Retiring Dr. Floyd Cumberbatch on May 1


Rockville, Maryland – Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, currently a vice president at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota, will become Montgomery College’s next vice president for academic and student services, effective May 1, President Dr. Charlene R. Nunley announced today. 

Laguerre was selected for his post after a national search that attracted outstanding candidates from colleges around the country. 

He has served since 1998 as Lake Superior’s vice president of student services and learning support, having been promoted from an earlier post as the college's dean of liberal arts/sciences and student development. Laguerre was instrumental in overseeing several key aspects of a restructuring effort at Lake Superior, after the institution had merged with a Duluth, Minnesota technical college.

Prior to joining Lake Superior, Laguerre served in various administrative capacities -- including a stint as acting president -- at the Duluth Community College Center in Duluth, Minnesota, from 1993-1995.
Laguerre holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration (Higher Education) from the University of Kansas. He also has a B.A. in Mathematics, a M.A. in French Literature, and a M.S.Ed. in School Administration.

“I am truly delighted to welcome Dr. Laguerre to the Montgomery College leadership team,” said Dr. Nunley. “While his credentials are impeccable, the one unique dimension that Dr. Laguerre brings to the College is his own life’s story. He is from Haiti and a first-generation college graduate who, with the help of others, learned English while pursuing his collegiate degrees. His educational experience mirrors that of many of the non-native speakers in our student body. He has an appreciation for technology, a commitment to academic excellence, and a sensitivity to students' issues and concerns, all of which will serve him well in his new job."

"Montgomery College is a dynamic institution," said Laguerre. "It has served the county, the country and the world very well.  The College has a great faculty and staff and excellent programs to meet the needs of Montgomery County and I look forward to being a part of its exciting future."

As Montgomery College's vice president for academic and student services,  Laguerre will be responsible for oversight of all academic and student development programs for the College’s three campuses in Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park, and for its Continuing Education division. The College enrolls approximately 40,000 students a year in credit and non-credit courses, with students from as many as 170 nations.

Dr. Laguerre will replace Dr. Floyd Cumberbatch, who will be retiring from Montgomery College after serving as acting vice president for academic and student affairs since 1998. Prior to then, Cumberbatch was the provost of the College’s Rockville Campus.

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