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Date: June 3, 2008
Media Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College President Names Dr. Sonya Chiles Chief of Staff
Longtime Professor, Juvenile Justice Board Member Named to Post in President’s Office

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Montgomery College President Brian K. Johnson has named Dr. Sonya Chiles as his chief of staff. Dr. Chiles has served the College for the past 15 years as a criminal justice professor and has served Montgomery County in recent years as a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

A 2005 recipient of Montgomery College's Outstanding Faculty Award, Dr. Chiles has also served the College as a mentor for both students and faculty, as a faculty associate for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and as a member of the College's Academic Assembly. She also served in 2006 on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

A noted expert in her field, Dr. Chiles has served on and led a wide variety of panel discussions and has been a presenter at a number of national and international professional conferences. She has been instrumental in bringing noted national speakers to the college. Dr. Chiles earned a B.S. degree, with honors, in Criminal Justice and Education, from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

"Dr. Chiles has been a trailblazer in her field and brings a solid reputation as a professional who functions with the highest integrity in everything she undertakes," Dr. Johnson said. "She brings a broad and diverse range of management skills to this position and I am so pleased that she will be serving us in this important role."

Dr. Chiles will officially assume her new post on July 1.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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