Higher Education Leader Dr. Monica Parrish Trent Joins Achieving the Dream as Vice President of Network Engagement

SILVER SPRING, MD (October 9, 2019) - Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, announced that Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, an accomplished higher education leader, joined the organization October 7 as Vice President for Network Engagement. Dr. 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.

Dr. Trent has extensive experience with Achieving the Dream, serving as the co-chair of the ATD Core Team during her time at Montgomery College (MD). In that capacity, Dr. Trent worked collaboratively with Montgomery College’s senior administrative leadership team to lead communication and research on key student success initiatives.

“We’re fortunate to have such an accomplished leader and community college advocate like Dr. Trent join our organization. Her passion for helping institutions increase their capacity to help all students succeed is evident in her work as an administrator and faculty member,” says Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO. “Her rich experience directing ATD work at Montgomery College enables her to hit the ground running as she begins her work with all of our Network colleges,” says Dr. Stout.

Prior to ATD, Dr. Trent 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 time at Montgomery College, Dr. Trent 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 has extensive experience 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 the 25 years that I have served the community college sector, I have not come across an organization better equipped to advocate for community colleges and lead change than Achieving the Dream. I have seen firsthand how Achieving the Dream has galvanized community colleges to do more to support their students, and I am excited to join a mission-centric organization deeply committed to continuous learning and higher education reform,” says Dr. Trent.

She 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. Dr. Trent 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.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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