Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins was appointed the fifth president of Moraine Valley Community College on July 1, 2012. Moraine Valley is the second largest community college in Illinois. Dr. Jenkins previously served as vice president, Academic Affairs; dean, Academic Development and Learning Resources; assistant dean, Center for Teaching & Learning/Director of the Library; and public services librarian at Moraine Valley in Palos Hills, Illinois, and director, Library Services and public services librarian at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, an MLS/Master of Library Science from State University of New York at Albany, and a B.S. in English Education from Grambling State University.
She serves on several boards, including the League for Innovation in the Community College, Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), Moraine Area Career Systems CEO Council, Chicago Regional College Program, and the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Presidents’ Council. In 2016, she was elected to the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Board of Directors and also serves on the AACC’s Commission on Global Education. In 2016, she was elected to serve a two-year term as an Associate Member Regional Representative of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). She is a member of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) President’s Steering Committee. She serves on the Cook County Workforce Investment Board and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Conservation and Policy Council. She previously served on the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Next Century Conservation Plan as well as a state-wide Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.
She is a member of the President’s Round Table, National Council on Black American Affairs; Chicagoland Alliance for Degree Completion; Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE); Rotary Club of Moraine Valley; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago Alumnae Chapter. The Palos Orland Branch American Association of University Women (AAUW) named Dr. Jenkins a 2014 gift honoree in recognition of her support of equity for women and girls through leadership, advocacy, education, and as a positive role model. Dr. Jenkins was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Egretha Award by the African-American Women’s Business and Career Communications (AWBC Magazine). In 2013, she received the Echoes of Excellence Award by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter.
Most recently, Dr. Jenkins was a co-presenter at the Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress (October 2016) and a panelist at the 2016 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (October 2016). She was a co-presenter at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovations Conference (March 2016). She was also an invited participant in the White House College Day of Opportunity Summit (December 2014), and faculty member for the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Executive Leadership Institute (December 2013).
She and her husband Craig have four daughters, Carmen, Courtney, Christine, and Carol, and 10 grandchildren.