Avis Proctor Named President of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois

Avis Proctor has been named the sixth president of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. The college enrolls nearly 14,000 students. Women make up 55 percent of the undergraduate student body. Dr. Proctor will assume her new duties on July 1, 2019.

Currently, Dr. Proctor serves a president of the North Campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. She has 25 years of experience working in multicultural environments as a mathematics educator and academic administrator. She is interested in research-based instructional strategies, strategic community engagement, economic development, and the STEM pipeline for underrepresented groups.

“I am honored to serve as Harper College’s next president, and I am grateful to the board of trustees for the opportunity to serve our community to achieve academic, social, and economic progress through higher education,” Dr. Proctor said. “I look forward to collaborating with our faculty and staff to help our students succeed.”

Dr. Proctor holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in teaching mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, and a doctorate in higher education from Florida International University.


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