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Montgomery College Announces the Appointment of Dr. Deidre Price to Serve as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/College Provost

Price, with two decades of higher education experience, comes to MC from Northwest Florida State College

Dr. Deidre Price, an academic leader with proven classroom and administrative success, will serve as Montgomery College’s next senior vice president for academic affairs/college provost. Having most recently served as the vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Florida State College, Price brings nearly two decades of experience to the position. She will begin on January 1, 2024. 

The senior vice president (SVP) for academic affairs/college provost leads the academic operations of Montgomery College. In this role, the SVP supports the fulfillment of the mission and the implementation of the strategic plan, while innovating teaching methods and curricula to align with the Student Success Policy.

"Dr. Price is deeply committed to the transformative power of education, student success, and equity and inclusion," said Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, Montgomery College president. "Her contributions have led to innovations in online learning and faculty development, the expansion of dual enrollment, and significant grant awards targeting program enhancements in career and technical education. I’m excited to work with Dr. Price as we continue to move forward with the College's transformational aspirations."

Price began her education career as an adjunct faculty member teaching English at Okaloosa-Walton Community College (later renamed Northwest Florida State College), the University of South Alabama, and Tallahassee Community College. She served as a full-time faculty member for 11 years, then transitioned to serve as director of instructional technology and online education, then dean of academic strategies, innovation, and support, and finally to vice president for academic affairs.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at Montgomery College, an institution with a demonstrated commitment to ensuring access and equity for students. MC's programs are truly life-changing and designed to support student success and an exceptional student experience,” Price said. “MC is entering an exciting season of institutional growth and advancement. I look forward to building relationships with our business, industry, and education partners as we continue to shape the future of MC and opportunities for our students.”

Price holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy and a master’s degree in English from the University of South Alabama. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Florida State University in the literature, media, and culture program with a concentration in new media studies.

The new senior vice president's work experiences include teaching in-person and online classes; leading faculty and staff and academic programming; working with educational agencies, local industry, local and state legislators, and community stakeholders; and establishing articulation agreements and cooperative arrangements. 

The search process for filling the role began in July and culminated earlier this month when finalists visited the College. 

"I want to thank the search advisory committee that consisted of 25 people from across the College," President Williams said. "This committee was a mix of faculty, staff, administrators, and students and simultaneously represented the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion." 

The committee had individuals from all College divisions, with nearly three-fourths of the members being from Academic Affairs. The committee was also joined by a search advocate whose advisory role was to enhance the equity, validity, diversity, and inclusion in the recruitment and interview process.