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National Education Magazine Honors President

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Diverse Issues in Higher Education has selected President Charlene M. Dukes as one of its “up and coming” women leaders in higher education. President Dukes’ profile is featured in the publication’s Women’s History Month special edition, “Women in Higher Education: The Leadership Mystique.” The first-of-its-kind issue highlights the critical role women have played in forging solutions to the challenges faced by the nation’s postsecondary colleges and universities.

“With President Dukes’ name being included among the list of honorees, the selection affirms that she has successfully demonstrated the ability to tackle challenges,” says William E. Cox, president and CEO of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. “We are confident that she will continue to accomplish great things throughout her career,” he added. 

Charlene Dukesbecame president of Prince George’s Community College in 2007. Prior to her appointment, she served for 12 years as vice president for student services at the college after holding the position of dean of students at the Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dukes has served on the Prince George’s County Board of Education and was recently appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the State Board of Education. She holds an undergraduate degree in English education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in administrative and policy studies (with an emphasis on higher education) from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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 www.pgcc.edu.   

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