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Dr. Monica
Parrish Trent

Vice President, Network Engagement

Dr. Monica Parrish Trent brings to Achieving the Dream more than 25 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member at diverse, multi-campus community colleges. Throughout her career, she has maintained a sharp focus on improving student success and reducing equity gaps for low-income students and students of color. She further has extensive experience and a successful track record leading faculty and staff in distance and accelerated learning, use of open educational resources, program and course redesign, enrollment management, and developmental education reform.

In her role as vice president of network engagement, Dr. Trent has primary responsibility for executing the ATD Network “connect” strategy, with the goal of creating a strong network experience for all ATD Network colleges. Executing this strategy involves leading efforts to recruit and retain colleges into the ATD Network, engaging colleges during their life cycle of participation with ATD, and planning and delivering events that inspire and mobilize college leaders across their organizations to adopt innovative, evidence-based practices that accelerate equitable student success outcomes.

Dr. Trent serves as a commissioner on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Research, Data and Accountability and as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Ph.D. in Community College Leadership | Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University

M.A. and B.A. in English | George Mason University

Past Experience

Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs | Delaware County Community College

Dean of the English Language for Academic Purposes Program – Linguistics and Communication Studies Division | Montgomery College

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