Sylvia M. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Office Location: D215
Telephone: (708) 974-5201
Fax: (708) 974-5269
As chief executive officer, the president has administrative responsibility for all academic affairs, student services, administrative, facility, and fiscal operations of Moraine Valley Community College. The president, reporting to the college's Board of Trustees, has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the college establishes, meets and advances the highest standards of excellence in its mission, goals and objectives.
Dr. Jenkins, who took office July 1, 2012, is the college’s fifth president.
Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins began her career as a librarian at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. Her career began at Moraine Valley in 1986 as an adjunct librarian in the Public Services area of the college’s Learning Resources Center. In 1988, she was hired as a full-time faculty librarian. In 1995, she was appointed library coordinator and, subsequently, department chair of the Library. As a faculty member, she served on the Faculty Development Committee, the Faculty Evaluation team, the Vanguard Learning College team, and as a member of the Faculty Association Executive Committee. In 2001, Dr. Jenkins was selected to serve as the assistant dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning and director of the Library. In 2003, she was appointed dean of Academic Development and Learning Resources. During that time, she successfully established the award-winning Center for Teaching and Learning, and led the library staff and faculty in the redesign of the college library. Dr. Jenkins served as vice president of Academic Affairs from April 2010 to June 2012.
She was named Master Teacher of the Year at Moraine Valley twice for incorporating technology in teaching and learning and received the Innovator of the Year Award and the Vernon O. Crawley Leadership Award from the college. She serves as the college’s representative to the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Dr. Jenkins also has served as chair on the college’s reaccreditation Systems Portfolio team and the Strategic Technology Planning team, and as a member of the Diversity and Leadership task group, and the college’s strategic planning team.
She took part in the Executive Leadership Institute coordinated by the League for Innovation; the National Institute for Leadership Development; and Kaleidoscope, a national leadership development program for women of color. She served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Library System; Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges, a consortium of community colleges in Illinois; and on the founding board of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois as a representative from community colleges. Dr. Jenkins speaks at local, statewide and national conferences in the areas of leadership in community colleges, faculty development, and the use of technology in the classroom.
She earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Grambling State University, her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Colo.
Dr. Jenkins is a member of the Rotary Club of Moraine Valley and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago Alumnae Chapter.
Dr. Jenkins was appointed by Congresswoman Robin Kelly to serve on her Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Council, by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to serve on the Chicago-Cook County Workforce Investment Board, and by the Cook County Forest Preserve District to serve on its Centennial Commission Board. In addition, Dr. Jenkins is a member of the Rotary Club of Moraine Valley and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago Alumnae Chapter.
She and her husband, Craig, have four daughters, Carmen, Courtney, Christine, and Carol, and five grandchildren.