Board of Regents Appoint New Nevada State College President

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents voted to appoint Dr. DeRionne Pollard as Nevada State College’s next president. She becomes the 8th president of the 19-year-old college.

Pollard, who is currently president of Montgomery College in Maryland, will begin Aug. 16 and serve a 4-year contract.

“President Pollard is a highly respected educator and administrator. Her experience boosting student success and creating external partnerships at Montgomery College will serve NSC well,” NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose said. “Her knowledge and understanding of our student population affords her the opportunity to tell NSC’s vital story as its primary ambassador. I am confident Dr. Pollard is the right person to lead Nevada State at this time.”

Dr. Pollard was born in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1993, a master’s degree in English from Iowa State University in 1995, and a Ph.D., with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, from Loyola University in 2005.

Prior to being named president of Montgomery College, Dr. Pollard was an assistant professor of English at the College of Lake County (Illinois), where she served as acting division dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division, faculty coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, assistant vice president of educational affairs, and vice president of educational affairs.

“I am truly honored and humbled by this appointment,” President Pollard said. “I look forward to partnering with members of the campus and the southern Nevada communities, as we work together to grow Nevada’s only state college and collaborate to meet the needs of our public and private partners.”

Prior to taking the helm at Montgomery College as its first Black woman president in 2010, Dr. Pollard served as administrative and instructional president of Las Positas College in California.

As president of Montgomery College, Dr. Pollard expanded the infrastructure of the institution, launched the Montgomery College Innovation Fund, and developed and bolstered partnerships with government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other educational institutions.

Montgomery College, the largest community college in Maryland, offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs with three campuses in the state, serving more than 50,000 students annually.

President Pollard is committed to and understands our state college’s mission and its unique place in Nevada’s higher education landscape,” said Board of Regents Chair Mark Doubrava.  “Her breadth of experience will help lead Nevada State into the future.”

President Pollard was one of four finalists who interviewed with students, faculty, employees, and community members this week. The ad hoc NSC President Search Committee and advisory members, made up of 25 members, including members of the Board of Regents, faculty, classified staff, students, and community stakeholders, overwhelmingly recommended President Pollard for the job on Wednesday.

The search committee used in-person interviews and live-stream technology to ensure an inclusive and transparent search process, while conducting the search in consideration for the health and well-being of all those involved.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the search, especially the students, faculty, staff and community members who participated virtually and in-person,” said Regent Amy Carvalho, who chaired the ad hoc NSC President Search Committee. “I want to also thank Chancellor Rose for selecting four outstanding finalists to choose from. I believe the committee made an excellent decision in recommending Dr. Pollard to be Nevada State’s next president.”

Regent Carvalho added that she is thankful to AGB Search for including diversity training for the members of the search committee and for developing a large and diverse national pool of candidates.

Nevada State College Search Committee Recommends Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard to be Next President

HENDERSON, Nev. – The ad hoc Nevada State College President Search Committee recommended Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard to be NSC’s 8th president on Wednesday.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021, when they will consider appointing NSC’s next president. The meeting will be live-streamed here: www.nshe.nevada.edu.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Pollard is currently the President of Montgomery College in Maryland and has led that institution since 2010.

She was born in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1993, a master’s degree in English from Iowa State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University in 2005.

Prior to being named president of Montgomery College, Dr. Pollard was an assistant professor of English at the College of Lake County (Illinois), where she served as acting division dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts Division, faculty coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, assistant vice president of educational affairs, and vice president of educational affairs.

Dr. Pollard also served as administrative and instructional president of Las Positas College in California before assuming leadership of Montgomery College, becoming the first Black woman president of the institution.

Montgomery College, the largest community college in Maryland, offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs with three campuses in the state, serving more than 50,000 students annually.

As president of Montgomery College, Dr. Pollard led the expansion of the infrastructure of the institution, launched the Montgomery College Innovation Fund, and developed and bolstered partnerships with government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other educational institutions.

Nevada State College Ranks #2 in Nationwide Search for Best Elementary Education Degree

Nevada State College has ranked number two in Best Value Schools’ nationwide search for Best Elementary Education Degrees.

Best Value Schools researched accredited programs and assigned a weighted score based on the cost of tuition and the number of credit hours in the program. The organization stated, “Nevada State College stood out due to its innovative and engaging classes, as well as providing high-quality education at an affordable price.”

Nevada State ranked higher than several larger schools including the University of Central Florida, Indiana University, and the University of Kansas as well as regional universities including Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Northern Arizona University.

“We are honored to have our School of Education’s innovative programs recognized on a national level,” said Vickie Shields, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president of Nevada State College. “Our programs are truly unique as they address current issues our school-aged children face on their academic journey to success.”

Nevada State’s School of Education continues to be a pioneer in providing innovative degree programs that prepare future teachers to be a difference-maker in the lives of school-aged children while simultaneously changing the cycle of education state-wide. The School of Education’s commitment to locally growing more teachers includes building out a grow our own teachers initiative in collaboration with high schools in Clark County. This commitment also includes launching innovative new academic programs. In the Fall of 2020, the school launched a baccalaureate degree program in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. In the Fall of 2021, the school will launch Nevada’s first Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education baccalaureate dual degree program.

“Our entire faculty at Nevada State remain steadfast in elevating the quality of education throughout Southern Nevada and beyond,” said Dennis Potthoff, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “Students enrolled in our programs will have unique opportunities to conduct evidence-based research through a curriculum that prepares students to become holistic educators.”

Starting in Fall 2021, the School of Education programs will be taught in Nevada State’s new $61.8-million Glenn and Ande Christenson Education Building which will feature an early childhood education center and a speech-language pathology clinic.

As one of Nevada’s most diverse college campuses, Nevada State offers students from all backgrounds, including non-traditional and high-achieving students, an opportunity to earn a degree through quality academic programs that ready them for in-demand careers. Nevada State College, which has several financial assistance programs, continues to have one of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation beginning at $175 a credit.