Dr. Pollard will become the new president of Montgomery County Community College starting August 2, 2010.
By Leslie Byford
There's a new president at Montgomery Community College in Rockville. Dr. DeRionne Pollard is being tapped to fix a system that has been plagued by controversy
Kenneth Massada, is a student member of the board of trustees. He says the appointment of Dr. Pollard comes at a crucial time for the school.
"We are in a very hard financial situation right now. Funds are lacking and we wanted someone who could set a vision, that could set priorities so that we could take the college to the next level," says Massada.
While the potential for a $15 million budget cut is by far the biggest challenge that Dr. Pollard faces, she says it's a challenge she is prepared to tackle head on.
"The idea of approaching a budget impasse is not something that I am unfamiliar with. At my current institution, we have been addressing these issues for the last two years," says Pollard.
Dr. Pollard is currently the President of Las Pasitas College in Livermore, California.
She officially takes over at Montgomery Community College on August 2.