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Curriculum Vitae - DeRionne Pollard, Phd

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Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Loyola University, Chicago
Specialization: Educational Leadership May 2005 and Policy Studies in Higher Education
Dissertation: Conversations of Consequence: A Study of New Faculty Preparation and Acculturation in Community Colleges

Master of Arts (MA), Iowa State University
Major: English, May 1995
Thesis: Terry McMillan: Pop Icon or Brilliant Storyteller? A Question of Literary Value

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Iowa State University
Major: English, August 1993


Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership October 2006 Future Leaders Institute, American Association for Community Colleges, February 2005
National Institute for Leadership Development (LEADERS) - AAWCC, Atlanta, GA, March 1998

Academic Honors and Awards  

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1995
Teaching Excellence Award, 1995
Texas Christian University Essay Finalist, 1995
Iowa Student as Critic Award, 1993
Dean’s List, 1992–1993


President, Montgomery College, Montgomery County, MD
August 2010 to present
Appointed by a 10-member governance body appointed by the governor, the College President is the chief executive officer for the Board of Trustees and the chief administrator of the College. Reporting to the President are the Senior Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, Advancement and Community Engagement, and Student Services; Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning; the Chief Governmental Affairs Officer, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, and Chief of Compliance; the General Counsel; and the Chief of Staff/Chief Strategy Officer. Located in Montgomery County, MD, the College serves over 60,000 students each semester in a county of 1 million residents.

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Development of new institutional mission, vision, and values statements and MC2020, the College’s new strategic plan
  • Development of new participatory governance system
  • Development of new institutional colors, mascot and athletic redesign
  • Reorganization of student services division, including the hiring of a new Senior Vice President for Student Services
  • Creation of the Innovation Fund to encourage faculty, staff, and student innovation
  • Creation of new office of Institutional Compliance
  • Creation of educational foundation to lead development of new Hercules Pinkney Life Sciences Park, the first life sciences park in the country on the grounds of a community college, which includes a hospital as an anchor tenant

Administrative and Instructional President, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA 
February 2008 to June 2010
Served as the Chief Executive Officer and reported to the District Chancellor. Reporting to the President are the Vice Presidents of Academic Services, Administrative Services, and Student Services. Additionally, the Executive Director of the Las Positas College Foundation and the Director of Institutional Research and Planning also report to the President.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Led institution through a successful reaccreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit
  • Coordinated with the District Office to lobby for over $1 million dollars in congressional earmarks for the upcoming year
  • Developed and initiated an integrated internal planning process that promotes coordination and accountability through the develop of a new institutional mission statement, first-ever vision statement and institutional strategic goals that guides a newly developed strategic planning process, academic program review, and non-instructional program review
  • Provided leadership for successful opening of three new college facilities and successfully managed campus activities for $233 million dollar capital improvement bond Maintained enrollment targets for the college and developed a balanced college budget
  • Enhanced internal communication through the implementation of monthly meetings with college community, and monthly President’s Report
  • Increased recognition of Las Positas College within the Tri-Valley service area and state through strategic partnerships and communication techniques with the internal and external community, including the development of the President’s Community Newsletter, the Presidential Advisory Council, and the Community Leadership Day
  • Expanded and supported institutional initiatives related to equity and diversity, specifically for African American males, veterans, and Native Americans

Vice President, Educational Affairs College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  
July 2005 to January 2008
Served as the chief academic officer of the college and reported to the President.  Reporting to the Vice President are the Assistant Vice President for Workforce, Assistant Vice President for University Transfer, and 9 Academic Deans. The Executive Director of James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts and the Assistant Director for Educational Affairs Operations also report to the Vice President.

In summary, the Office of the Vice President for Educational Affairs has responsibility for the following functions, either directly or as delegated to staff: transfer and career programs and courses; continuing and community education programs and courses; adult and basic education; learning resources and academic computer resources; regional and program accreditation; assessment of student learning; program review; faculty development; relationships with faculty governance groups; dual enrollment and high school relations; business and industry services; grants; and relationships with the University Center of Lake County and other educational organizations.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Co-led accreditation action team that analyzed the governance system and proposed reforms to improve structure, communication and participation
  • Negotiated first adjunct collective bargaining agreement and negotiation full-time faculty collective bargaining agreement in shortest period of time in the College’s history
  • Developed and implemented restructured budget process within Educational Affairs
  • Developed and led reorganization within Educational Affairs
  • Developed a process to assess and meet instructional technology needs
  • Provided leadership for revisions to curriculum development process, including the implementation of curriculum planning software and articulation of curriculum process

Assistant Vice President, Educational Affairs College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  
January 2002 to June 2005
Provided support to the Office of the Vice President for Educational Affairs in areas such as curriculum development and reporting; faculty development and evaluation; instructional program evaluation, assessment of student learning, and regional and program accreditation; construction and remodeling management; and dual enrollment and outreach to high schools. 

The Assistant Vice President for Educational Affairs also worked closely with other college offices to insure the coherence and quality of college educational programs and services.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Developed and implemented plan to assess student learning outcomes that was faculty-led, administratively-supported, and student-centered
  • Implemented and led of AQIP, a continuous improvement based form of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission
  • Provided oversight of two construction/renovation projects purposefully designed to more effectively meet the educational needs of the residents of Lake County, IL: the Southlake Educational Center Classroom Building Project and Phase II Remodeling of the Technology Building, which include renovation for several programs (dental hygiene program, medical imaging program, phlebotomy program, and the physics and geology programs)
  • Formed and convened the High School Advisory Council, an advisory group composed of representatives from district high schools, who meet to discuss emerging trends and research within the district, to develop new programs and activities, and to explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration

Faculty Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (TLC) College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  
July 1997 to August 2000 (Joint Appointment) December 2000 to December 2001
Supervised and managed the Center and implemented professional development for full-time and part-time faculty, instigated and guided the instructional design projects at the college, provided oversight for the organization and production of educational projects, and assisted other faculty in designing formative and summative procedures to measure the learning outcomes of projects and materials once implemented.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Developed, implemented, and led nationally-recognized New Faculty Institute, a three-part professional development program for new full-time faculty
  • Developed and implemented faculty development program for part-time/adjunct faculty
  • Developed and led new governance groups to serve in an advisory capacity for the TLC
  • Recommended and provided leadership for organizational restructuring and staffing of the Center for Excellence an Teaching and Learning

Acting Division Dean, Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  
August 2000 to December 2000
Provided educational leadership and support for all academic programs in the division by securing the relationships of the various instructional disciplines within the division in the context of the established educational philosophy and policies of the college, and ensuring through the divisional offerings an opportunity for students to pursue transfer and career programs in the most efficient and orderly manner.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Led division through PeopleSoft implementation
  • Advocated successfully for additional new faculty in the division

Assistant Professor, English College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  
August 1995 to August 2000
Taught English courses (Composition I, Composition II, Major American Writers, Women in Literature, Developmental Reading), developed English curriculum, and conducted program evaluation, mentored adjunct faculty, and served on departmental search committees, peer evaluation teams, the Composition Assessment Committee, and Composition Revision Committee.

Significant accomplishments included:

  • Developed courses in Early American Minority Literature and Modern American Minority Literature
  • Tenure granted Spring 1998

Professional Activities
  • College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel, 2012
  • AACC Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development, 2011-present
  • AACC 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, 2011-present
  • Commission on the Future, Community College League of California, 2010
  • WASC Accreditation Team Member, 2009
  • Member, AACC Commission on Research and Emerging Trends, 2008 to present
  • Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers, 2005 to 2008
  • Secretary, 2006 to 2007
  • Vice President/President Elect, 2007 to 2008
  • Participant, ICISP Faculty/Administrator European Exchange Program, 2005 to 2006
  • Member, Illinois Community College Program Evaluation Team, 2004 to 2007
  • Member, National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs, National Scholarship Selection Committee, 2004 to 2006
  • AQIP Accreditation Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission, 2003 to 2008

Professional Honors
  • Recipient, Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business, 2012
  • Recipient, Washingtonian's 100 Most Powerful Women, 2012
  • Recipient, 25 CEOs You Need to Know from The Gazette of Politics and Business, 2011
  • Recipient, East Bay Woman of Distinction, 2009
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Alumna Award, Iowa State University, 2008
  • Recipient, YWCA Woman of Achievement, 2006
  • Recipient, Most Influential African American of Lake County, Chairman’s Award  2006
  • Recipient, ICCFA Research Grant  2001
  • ICCB Award for Excellence in Teaching/Learning (Team member) 1997

Community Activities
  • Board, Maryland Campus Compact
  • Board, Montgomery County Business Development Corporation
  • Board, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board, Universities of Shady Grove
  • Board, Tech Council of Maryland
  • Board, IMPACT Silver Spring
  • Board, Strathmore Arts Center
  • Board, Generation Hope
  • Board, O.P. Jindal Community College (India)