NSC Search Committee Recommends Dr. 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 are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29, when they will consider appointing NSC’s next president. The meeting will be live streamed here: www.nshe.nevada.edu. 


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 masters 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. Pollarwas 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 expanded the infrastructure of the institutionlaunched the Montgomery College Innovation Fund, and developed and bolstered partnerships with government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other educational institutions. 


Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student populations. Located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges and, as such, is Nevada’s only state college. Nevada State College is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the country and the fastest growing in Nevada. It currently has more than 7,000 students and more than 800 full- and part-time employees. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.


The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.