Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins
Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins became the fifth president of Moraine Valley Community College in 2012. 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 various boards, including the League for Innovation in the Community College, Community Colleges for International Development, Moraine Area Career Systems CEO Council, Chicago Regional College Program and the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Presidents’ Council. She serves as a National Advisory Board member for the Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership. She is a member of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents and the Cook County Workforce Innovation Board. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Moraine Valley and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations selected Dr. Jenkins as its 2021 Pacesetter of the Year Award. In June 2021, she received the Advocacy Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. In December 2018, the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) presented Dr. Jenkins the CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award, and she received the Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education from the Chicago Audubon Society in 2019.
Dr. Jenkins was a co-presenter for a League for Innovation webinar (2020), invited keynote speaker for North Park University’s virtual Assessment Conference (2020), and a panelist for Governors State University’s Summer Institute (2019). Also in 2019, she was a panelist for the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Executive Leadership Forum and the League for Innovation’s Innovations Conference. She has been an invited faculty member of the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute/ELI (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019)
She and husband Craig have four daughters: Carmen, Courtney, Christine and Carol, and 10 grandchildren.