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Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre
Superintendent/President, Solano Community College District
A native of Haiti, Dr. Laguerre became Superintendent/President of Solano Community College District on July 1, 2009. Solano Community College serves over 18,000 students annually. The College offers transfer programs to four-year universities, a wide range of two-year degrees, numerous vocational certificates of achievement, and extensive life-long learning classes.
Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership for college and university administration, a Master's of Science in Education in School Administration and a Master's of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics Education from L'Université d'Etat d'Haiti: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Prior to joining Solano Community College, Dr. Jowel Laguerre was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Reno Nevada, which has an enrollment of over 13,000 credit students annually. Dr. Laguerre previously served as Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Montgomery College (Maryland). He held academic and student services positions at Lake Superior College (Minnesota): Vice President of Student Services and Learning Support, as well as Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Since 1978, Dr. Laguerre has taught English as a second language, French, Haitian, physics and mathematics. He has published, in cooperation with Bryant C. Freeman, a Haitian-English dictionary and he recently published with Dr. Cécile Accilien through McGraw Hill a Haitian Phrasebook and is working on a Haitian-Creole textbook for those who want to learn Haitian-Creole.
He founded Teachers of Tomorrow to recruit young people into the teaching profession. He was Director of the I HAVE A DREAM program in Kansas City, Missouri where he mentored fifty-nine African-American young men and women to become college students.
He has been recognized by the Nevada Association of Career and Technical Educators for his service to education; by the Montgomery County African-American Chamber of Commerce as educator of the year, and is the U.S. Department of Education and State of Kansas Christa McAuliffe Fellow.
Dr. Laguerre has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Council for Instructional Administrators (NCIA), Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs (AACC affiliate), Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras, Saint Mary's Medical Center, the Nevada Hispanic Services, and the Reno Sunrise Rotary Club. In Solano County he serves on the Board of Directors of the Solano County Workforce Investment, the Economic Development Corporation of Solano County, the Major Employers of Vacaville Committee, the City and Schools Select Committee, the Health Coalition of Solano County, the Vallejo Business and Education Alliance, and is an ex-officio member of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Community College League of California Commission on the Future.
Dr. Laguerre is married to Marie-Claude Laguerre. They have three grown children, Jackin, Christian and Violette; and a grandson Jahan.