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Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre
Superintendent/President, Solano Community College District
A native of Haiti, Dr. Laguerre became Superintendent/President of Solano Community College District on July 1, 2009. SCCD is a comprehensive community College approximately forty miles east of San Francisco.
Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D., in Educational Leadership for college and university administration, a Master's of Science in Education in School Administration and a Master's of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics Education from L'Université d'Etat d'Haiti: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Prior to joining Solano Community College, Dr. Jowel Laguerre was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Reno Nevada, which has an enrollment of over 13,000 credit students annually. Dr. Laguerre previously served as Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Montgomery College (Maryland). He held academic and student services positions at Lake Superior College (Minnesota): Vice President of Student Services and Learning Support, as well as Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Since 1978, Dr. Laguerre has taught English as a second language, French, Haitian, physics and mathematics. He has published, in cooperation with Bryant C. Freeman, a Haitian-English dictionary and he recently published with Dr. Cécile Accilien through McGraw Hill, a Haitian Phrasebook and is working on a Haitian-Creole textbook for those who want to learn Haitian-Creole.
He founded Teachers of Tomorrow to recruit young people into the teaching profession in response to the shortage of minority teachers. He was Director of the I HAVE A DREAM program in Kansas City, Missouri, where he mentored fifty-nine African-American-young men and women to become college students.
Since the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Laguerre has made frequent trips to Haiti to work in reconstruction, education and healthcare. He is the Chair of an international effort to institute community colleges in Haiti as part of a sustained development effort (Haiti Community College Development Partnership). He is working with other partners to improve quality of life for people in the southern region of Haiti.
He is the 1988 U.S. Department of Education Christa McAuliffe Fellow for the state of Kansas and was selected and recognized as Educator of the Year by the Montgomery County African-American Chamber of Commerce.
In November 2012, Dr. Laguerre successfully led a team that convinced the voters of Solano County to approve a $348 M bond after approving $124 M ten years earlier. Dr. Laguerre presides over a budget of more than $60M. Dr. Laguerre is the first Haitian educated in Haiti who became a community College president and the second Haitian-born community College President in the United States. Solano Community College has an annual enrollment of over 18,000 students.