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UPDATED: Nevada State College search committee recommends Pollard as next president

Montgomery College expects president to take new job

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DeRionne Pollard

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This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on April 29, 2021, to include a statement from the Montgomery College Board of Trustees.

A search committee has recommended Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard to be the next president of Nevada State College.

In a statement Thursday morning, Montgomery College Board of Trustees President Michael Knapp congratulated Pollard, anticipating her departure, and said the college will announce plans for an interim president and the process for selecting her replacement “in the coming days.”

“The Board is grateful to have partnered with Dr. Pollard on numerous initiatives over the years, helping to situate the College optimally to fulfill its mission. Dr. Pollard’s leadership has produced some extraordinary changes in our shared notions of inclusion, access, and quality,” the statement said. “In many ways her unique vision has fundamentally shaped the way we think about serving our community as fiscal stewards, business partners, and architects of student success.”

Pollard is one of four finalists for the position at Nevada State, a four-year public school with an enrollment of about 5,500 students, according to the school’s website. Another 2,200 students are enrolled in non-credit courses.

Nevada State College’s Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday to consider the search committee’s recommendation of Pollard as the next president there. The meeting will be live-streamed at https://nshe.nevada.edu/live.

Pollard, the president of Montgomery College since 2010, participated in a Nevada State public forum on Tuesday. A video of her forum is posted on YouTube (starting at 1:02:05).

In a statement last week, Montgomery College said that Pollard “responded to this unique opportunity because it aligns with her deep commitment to student access and success in higher education.”

“As many institutional leaders do, Dr. Pollard is considering a professional opportunity created by the retirement of the president of Nevada State College. … She will keep everyone informed as these processes move ahead,” the statement said.

Montgomery College has an enrollment of more than 56,000 credit and non-credit students at its three campuses.

Before she came to Montgomery College, she was administrative and instructional president of Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.

She previously was the vice president of educational affairs at the College of Lake County in Illinois and held other positions there.

The three other finalists for the Nevada State position are:
• Hubert Benitez, vice president of strategy and innovation at Rockhurst University in Kansas City
• Susan Borrego, former chancellor and a professor in the School of Education and Human Services at University of Michigan-Flint
• Shari McMahan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University San Bernardino.

The current Nevada State president, Bart Patterson, plans to retire at the end of his contract in June, according to the school.