On March 3, 2008, Dr. Pollard assumed her position as the fourth President of Las Positas College. She becomes the first African American President at the College and within the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Dr. Pollard received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education from Loyola University in Chicago, and both her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English from Iowa State University.
Prior to arriving at Las Positas College, Dr. Pollard served as the Vice President of Educational Affairs at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. She has also served that college as Assistant Vice President, Educational Affairs, Faculty Coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Acting Division Dean for Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts, and as an Assistant Professor of English.
“Dr. Pollard has distinguished herself among her peers through her dedication to students and the mission of community colleges. She has a breadth of experience ranging from academic affairs to collective bargaining, including serving as a faculty member,” said Dr. Joel Kinnamon, District Chancellor. “Dr. Pollard is one of the most enthusiastic and savvy administrators I have ever met and I believe she will use her experience and enthusiasm as she leads Las Positas College.”
While at the College of Lake County, Dr. Pollard served as a co-leader of the College’s accreditation action team on institutional governance and negotiated the first adjunct and full-time faculty bargaining agreements in the shortest period of time in the College’s history. She also developed and implemented a plan to assess student learning outcomes and provided oversight of construction and renovation projects for several College programs and services.
A passionate advocate for community college education, Dr. Pollard has been active in her community, developing and strengthening college partnerships with high schools, governmental agencies and organizations, social service organizations and business and industry. Additionally, she has been a requested speaker on the local, national, and international arena on subjects related to the empowerment and leadership development of girls and women, organizational development, faculty development, and new faculty professional development in community colleges. As such, she was recognized in 2006 with the Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA of Lake County and the Chairman’s Award as The Year 2006 Most Influential African American. In October 2008, she will be the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from her alma mater.