DeRionne Pollard has never been
bound by convention—not in her
life, and not in her role as the
president of Montgomery College
Walk into DeRionne Pollard’s office at Montgomery College and you immediately know who she
is and what she cares about. Gospel music is playing, a
reflection of her childhood church on the South Side of
Chicago. Family photos are prominently displayed: her
father, who raised her after her mother’s death; her partner, Robyn Jones, and their adopted son, Myles, now 7.
Pollard, who has been president of the college since
2010, is a traditional church-going, hymn-singing, fam-ily-loving person. It’s just that her family looks a bit different from the Norman Rockwell version.
She met Robyn more than 25 years ago, on their first
day of freshman year at Iowa State University. They sat
next to each other for a math placement test, “and from
that moment we became best friends,” Pollard recalls.
“Community college is the
place where the American
dream becomes real,”
DeRionne Pollard says.