2021 | Schools

Montgomery College picks new senior vice president

Sherwin Collette will replace Donna Schena, who is retiring

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Montgomery College has chosen a new senior vice president for administrative and fiscal services, replacing one who is retiring.

Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard announced on Wednesday that Sherwin Collette has been appointed to the senior vice president post, starting June 7.

Collette will replace Donna Schena, who is retiring at the end of June. Her LinkedIn page says she has worked for Montgomery College for 43 years.

Collette formerly was an associate superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools’ Office of Engagement and Labor Relations, according to a statement from Pollard.

In that role, he oversaw labor relations and contract management and he was MCPS’ chief negotiator with three bargaining units.

Previously, Collette led MCPS’ information technology office for 10 years. He started at MCPS in 2001.

Before joining MCPS, he was a staff manager and liaison for the Montgomery County Council’s Interagency Technology Policy and Coordination Committee, according to Pollard’s statement.

In the statement, Collette says: “This opportunity allows me to extend my deep belief in the power of education to change lives to the higher education arena. Given my respect for everyone at Montgomery County Public Schools, I hope to deepen the already strong relationships between [Montgomery College] and MCPS.

“I am profoundly grateful to Montgomery County Public Schools and the Board of Education for having me as a member of the MCPS leadership team for 20 years.”