Charlene M. Dukes Named One of Washington’s Most Powerful Women

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Article by: Mona M. Rock,

LARGO, Md. — Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, has been named by Washingtonian as one of “The100 Most Powerful Women.” Compiled by editors of the magazine, the list highlights top female leaders in the public, private and nonprofit arenas. Dukes is recognized in the education category for her role as president and for serving on the Maryland State Board of Education. She shares the honor with First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other distinguished leaders.

“It is an honor to be included on a list with such phenomenal trailblazers like the First Lady and the Secretary of State,” said Dukes. “I am proud to play a role in promoting student success both here at the college and through my work at the national and state levels. I have the pleasure everyday to work in an environment that transforms the lives of the students we serve. It is because of this, I am grateful to the leadership and staff at the Washingtonian for this tremendous recognition,” she added.

“The 100 Most Powerful Women” appears in the magazine’s October 2011 issue.

Charlene M. Dukes is the eighth and first female president of Prince George’s Community College and has 27 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. From 2002 through 2006, she served on the appointed Board of Education of Prince George’s County and chaired the student support, student appeals, and personnel committees. In May 2007, Dukes accepted an appointment from Governor Martin O’Malley to serve a three-year term on the Maryland State Board of Education and was elected in July 2009 to serve a one-year term as vice-chair of the Board. In October 2007, the African-American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh recognized her as an Outstanding Alumnus, and in 2008, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she received the “First Ladies Award” given by Radio One and My Sister’s Keeper Organization and the “Luminary Award” from the Prince George’s County Black Chamber of Commerce.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  

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