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Dr. Diane K.


Dr. Diane Troyer currently serves as a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream as an educational consultant specializing on access and completion in public community colleges. Previously, Dr. Troyer served as a senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served on the Postsecondary Success team, which is focused on significantly increasing the numbers of low income young adults who obtain a postsecondary degree or credential that has value in the workplace.

Before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Troyer served as the founding president of Lone Star College-CyFair, in Cypress, Texas. As the founding president, she was responsible for the vision, planning, design, construction, program development, hiring and community partnerships for the launch of the first college or university to open in the 21st Century. Prior to that role, she served as president of Lone Star College-Tomball, Tomball, Texas; as vice president of academic and student affairs at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland; and as a faculty member and administrator at El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Troyer was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the CCLP Program and currently serves on the boards of educaTE Yucatan and the Academy for College Excellence Steering Committee.


B.S. (Dental Hygiene) | University of Nebraska

M.Ed. (Health Education) | University of Texas at El Paso

Ph.D. (Community College Leadership Program) | University of Texas at Austin

Past Experience
Team Lead | Washington State Guided Pathways Coaching

Consultant for Strategic & Enrollment Planning | Collaborative Brian Trust

Senior Program Officer | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

President | Tomball and Cy-Fair Colleges (Lone Star System, TX)

Program Director/Dean | El Paso Community College

How has education changed your life/your family?
As the first in my family to attend college I am acutely aware of how much my education came from the hopes and dreams (and lost opportunities) of my parents and what a difference it made in the choices I could and did make in how to pursue purpose in my life. Through my work with community colleges, that purpose became focused on creating that same opportunity for students without the support and strong family expectations that I had.

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