The Harford Community College Board of Trustees has announced Dianna G. Phillips, Ph.D. as the new president of the institution.
Phillips will take over leadership of the college, which offers academic preparation for transfer to four-year institutions as well as workforce development, beginning Aug. 1, 2016. She is replacing the retiring Dr. Dennis Golladay, whose retirement takes effect after this school year.
Phillips comes to Harford Community College from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of the District of Columbia Community College since 2014. Phillips held senior positions at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. and Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.
She began her career in higher education when she served as the Base Coordinator for Southern Illinois University Carbondale's workforce development program at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
"Dr. Dianna Phillips is the kind of leader we envisioned when we launched our search for the next president of Harford Community College," Dr. James J. Valdes, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said. "Her breadth of experience in community college education and her background with the military is a strong fit with the College's needs at this important juncture in its history. We are in an environment of rapid technological and societal change and Dr. Phillips' challenge will be to exploit the opportunities that always accompany change."
Dr. Phillips earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received an M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. Before attending graduate school, she graduated from National University in San Diego with a B.B.A. in Business. Additionally, she earned an A.G.S. degree from Chaminade University in Hawaii while serving as a Communications Specialist in the United States Navy.
"Harford Community College is a recognized leader among community colleges in the State of Maryland. Dr. Phillips is a visionary who will provide the leadership we need to guide the College into its next phase of development," Rich Norling, vice chairman of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees, said.