President's Office

Meet Dr. Proctor, Harper's New President

Wojcik Conference Center sign, surrounded by tulipsDr. Avis Proctor has 25 years of experience working in multicultural environments as an innovative mathematics educator and academic administrator with a focus on teaching, service, and research. As a higher education scholar and an Aspen Presidential Fellow, Dr. Proctor contributes to the professional discourse from local to global levels on progressive leadership in higher education, research-based instructional strategies, strategic community engagement, economic development, and the STEM pipeline for underrepresented groups.

Harper College began a comprehensive national presidential search in September 2018. Trustees Pat Stack and Diane Hill led the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which included members of the Harper College Educational Foundation, faculty and staff, union leadership, and members of the community.

Dr. Proctor became the sixth President of Harper College on July 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Ken Ender, who served as president for 10 years. Dr. Proctor believes in working closely with local school districts, the business community, and higher education institutions. Her work at previous institutions has included expanding articulation, internship, and employment opportunities to enhance student-employer connections for current students as well as alumni. She has also provided collaborative leadership for early childhood education, dual enrollment, and college readiness/completion initiatives which have gained national attention.

Dr. Proctor earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics at Florida Atlantic University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education at Florida International University. Dr. Proctor and her husband are the proud parents of one son.

“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 and community succeed.”

Executive Council

Jeff Julian
Chief of Staff, Board Liaison
847.925.6143 

Dr. Ronald Ally
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services
847.925.6380

Laura Brown
Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
847.925.6133 

Dr. Maria Coons
Interim Provost
847.925.6290 

Darlene Schlenbecker
Interim
Vice President of Institutional Planning and Strategic Alliances
847.925.6008

Michelé Smith
Vice President of Workforce Solutions
847.925.6391

Wish Dr. Proctor well in her new role as Harper's president. 
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