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August 1, 2009

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CEO Takes Helm of New Community College in the District of Columbia

Washington, DC --Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia, announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Gueverra as the Chief Executive Officer of the new Community College of the District of Columbia, effective August 1, 2009.

“This is an exciting day for the entire university system and we are delighted that a leader with Dr. Gueverra’s experience and talent has taken on this challenge,” President Sessoms said.  “The university system is now well positioned to deliver a high quality education to area residents allowing them to quickly and affordably develop the skills and degree they need to join the workforce, advance their careers or pursue a path toward lifelong learning.”

Dr. Gueverra comes to the Community College after holding numerous leadership and faculty positions at both two and four-year higher education institutions—most recently as the provost for the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). At NOVA, Dr. Gueverra spearheaded a significant increase in retention and enrollment rates.

“I am honored and extremely excited to be associated with the launch of a new community college in our nation’s capital,” commented Dr. Gueverra.  “In the coming weeks and months we will work hard to build an institution with programs and services that not only provide open, affordable access to higher education for all residents of the Washington metropolitan area, but also serves as a model of excellence for community colleges nationwide.   I look forward to establishing and maintaining an open dialogue with the various stakeholders in our community about this vision and the process we are undertaking to make it a reality.”

Dr. Gueverra is a noted author of articles on planning, leadership, and technology, and has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses. In April 2007, Dr. Gueverra received an Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Academy, an international organization for educational leaders founded by the Maricopa Community Colleges. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, Who’s Who Among Students, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. 

Dr. Gueverra earned a doctorate and MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, and an associate’s degree from Newbury College in Massachusetts.

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The Community College of the District of Columbia
Established as an independent institution in January 2009 and officially launched in August 2009, the Community College aims to create a dynamic and innovative institution focused on providing residents of the Washington metropolitan area access to affordable, high quality education for lifelong learning, career advancement and workforce development.  The College currently offers 19 associate degree and three certificate programs as well as over 22 workforce development programs. A member of the University System of the District of Columbia, the College’s main campus is currently located within the UDC campus at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.  As part of its Workforce Development Program, the College also includes five program locations located across District wards.   Visit www.udc.edu/cc for more information.

Contact: Julie Johnson, Deputy Director of the Community College of the District of Columbia, Phone: 202-274-5040, Email: jjjohnson@udc.edu, Web: udc.edu/cc