Portland Community College's Board of Directors this week selected Adrien Bennings as the college's next president by unanimous vote, following a nine-month national search.
The news was made public at a PCC Board special session held Monday, April 4. Bennings will replace Mark Mitsui, who is retiring at the end of June after serving as PCC's president since 2016.
Bennings will be the first woman to be PCC's permanent president. Sylvia Kelley, formerly PCC's executive vice president, served as PCC's interim president from 2015 to 2016 before Mitsui's arrival. Kelley retired from her executive vice president role in October 2021.
"We were tremendously impressed by Dr. Bennings' passion for the transformative power of community colleges," said Mohamed Alyajouri, chair of PCC's Board of Directors. "We believe that her special combination of strengths, skills and attributes will advance our college, enhance our culture, and benefit the students and communities we serve."
Bennings is president of Kellogg Community College, one of 28 community colleges in Michigan whose service region spans three counties. She also is the president of the Kellogg Community College Foundation, helping to lead the foundation's strategic planning and fundraising activities, and advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.
Bennings has taught courses in human resources development, academic development and retention, and small business development. Before joining Kellogg Community College, Bennings was the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer at Clovis Community College in New Mexico. Prior to that, she served as regional director of small business development at Texas Tech University where she advanced economic development initiatives spanning a 16-county area.
Bennings' educational background includes a doctor of philosophy in higher education administration from Texas Tech University; a master of science in business administration with a human resources concentration from Wayland Baptist University; and a bachelor of science in agricultural development from Texas A&M University.
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