President Orinthia T. Montague, Ph.D.
Orinthia T. Montague, Ph.D., became the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College on July 5, 2017. She was appointed to the position by the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees and approved by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
President Montague came to Tompkins Cortland with nearly two decades of experience in higher education leadership, most recently as the vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She worked seven years at Normandale Community College, the largest community college within the Minnesota State system. As vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer, she provided leadership, vision, and outcomes that fostered student access, persistence, and completion. She led college efforts and partnerships that involved public and private secondary schools, as well as community and business collaborations, including a partnership with Bloomington Public School District and Hennepin County to provide direct higher educational opportunities to close the gap for underrepresented populations with a focus on homeless students, foster children, and teen parents. Prior to serving as vice president, Montague was the dean of students at Normandale, where she led the development of a comprehensive tutoring center and initiated the development of a first-year experience course aimed at closing the achievement gap for students in developmental courses.
Before joining Normandale in 2010, Montague spent 11 years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, starting as student service coordinator and moving up to director of student life, assistant vice provost and eventually associate vice provost and dean of students.
Montague was born in Jamaica before immigrating to the United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri; a Master of Arts in counseling from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri; and a Doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also completed several leadership programs, including the League of Innovation Executive Leadership Institute.
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Orinthia T. Montague, Ph.D., President