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. She holds 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 a number of boards, including the League for Innovation in the Community College (chair 2018-19), Community Colleges for International Development (serving as chair through August 2020), Moraine Area Career Systems CEO Council, Chicago Regional College Program and the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Presidents’ Council. Since 2017, she has served on the Higher Learning Commission’s Partners in Transformation advisory group on innovation in higher education. She was elected to the American Association of Community College’s board of directors for 2016-19 and also serves on its Commission on Global Education. She served from 2016-19 as an associate member regional representative of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Since 2016, she has served as a National Advisory Board member for the Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership and was featured in its 2017 “Legendary Leadership” video series. She is a member of the Illinois Green Economy Network President’s Steering Committee. She is a member of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents and is serving as the vice chair for the 2019-20 academic year. She serves on the Cook County Workforce Innovation Board and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Conservation and Policy Council. 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.
In December 2018, the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) presented Dr. Jenkins with the CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award, and she received the Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education from the Chicago Audubon Society in spring 2019. In February 2018, Dr. Jenkins was recognized by Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs with an Outstanding Commitment in Education Award. In June 2017, she was recognized with the Mosque Foundation’s 2017 Leadership Award for exemplary efforts in fostering the celebration of diversity in the college and community. In 2017, she was recognized with a scholarship in her name through the Moraine Valley Foundation—the Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins Women’s Leadership Scholarship, which is an annual scholarship to support the education goals of future female leaders.
Dr. Jenkins participated in a panel at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, on “Establishing Holistic Partnerships to Embed Cybersecurity” (October 2018). In May 2018, she served as external juror for Johnson County Community College’s BNSF Railway Faculty Achievement Award. She was an invited keynote/plenary speaker for Drexel University’s 2017 Assessment Conference (September 2017). She 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 and her husband Craig have four daughters: Carmen, Courtney, Christine and Carol, and 10 grandchildren.