Dr. Monica Parrish Trent

Dr. Monica Parrish Trent brings to Achieving the Dream more than 25 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member at diverse, multi-campus community colleges. Throughout her career, she has maintained a sharp focus on improving student success and reducing equity gaps for low-income students and students of color.  She further has extensive experience and a successful track record leading faculty and staff in distance and accelerated learning, use of open educational resources, program and course redesign, enrollment management, and developmental education reform.

In her role as Vice President, Network Engagement, Monica has primary responsibility for executing ATD’s Network “connect” strategy, with the goal of creating a strong network experience for all ATD Colleges. Executing this strategy involves leading efforts to recruit and retain colleges into the ATD Network, engaging colleges during their life cycle of participation with ATD, and planning and delivering events that inspire and mobilize college leaders across their organizations to adopt innovative, evidence-based practices that accelerate equitable student success outcomes.

Prior to ATD, Monica served as Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Delaware County Community College, an ATD Leader College, where she was an advocate for teaching and learning, providing academic leadership to faculty and staff to ensure quality standards in curriculum, programs, and services that meet the needs of students.

During her tenure at Montgomery College, Monica served as the Dean of the English Language for Academic Purposes Program - Linguistics & Communication Studies Division while also overseeing Montgomery College’s Germantown Writing, Reading and Language Center. She also served as co-chair of the ATD Core Team working collaboratively with Montgomery College’s senior administrative leadership team to lead communication and research on key student success initiatives.

Monica holds a doctor of philosophy degree in Community College Leadership from the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University (VA), and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University (VA), where she was awarded a graduate student fellowship from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Monica is a recipient of the 2012 Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Service Award and the 2013 Award of Excellence from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Dr. Trent serves as a commissioner on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Research, Data and Accountability and as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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