Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 21, 2010

Las Positas president hired for Maryland college

Community college launching search for its fifth president

Las Positas College President DeRionne Pollard has been selected as the new president of Montgomery College in Maryland.

"Las Positas College is a wonderful institution, and I have grown both personally and professionally during this experience," said Pollard in a statement to the college community. "Montgomery College, also a phenomenal institution, provides a unique opportunity for me to align my skills, experiences, and long-term professional aspirations with an organization sharing similar values."

Pollard was the guest speaker recently at the Pleasanton Community of Character Luncheon.

She became president of Las Positas College on March 3, 2008. Her last day on campus will be June 30. With her departure, Las Positas College will launch a search for its fifth president.

Las Positas College serves more than 9,000 students in the Tri-Valley area of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol and is one of two colleges in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.

Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon and the board of trustees are in the process of developing a transition plan for the college.

"We wish President Pollard well as she embraces this new opportunity," Kinnamon said. "Las Positas College has an established tradition of excellence and I am confident this tradition will continue as we move forward in the selection of the college's fifth president. Las Positas College is a jewel in the Tri-Valley."

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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