Dr. Paula P. Pando serves as the fourth president of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She assumed office in September of 2018. Dr. Pando is a strategic, forward thinking educator with nearly 25 years of experience in both public and private higher education. The daughter of immigrants, she was the first in her family to earn a college degree. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and has a profound commitment to educational opportunity and equity. Prior to Reynolds, Dr. Pando served as Senior Vice President for Student and Educational Services at Hudson County Community College; located in one of the most diverse counties in America.
Dr. Pando’s strong student advocacy and contributions to the field of higher education have been recognized at the local, state and national levels. In 2011, she was named the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Champion for her commitment to serving underrepresented student populations. In 2012, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Dr. Pando with the Woman Empowering Women through Education Award, and in 2015, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented her the Community College Spirit Award for her statewide work on student success initiatives. Dr. Pando recently completed the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence; a rigorous, 10 month applied executive leadership program in partnership with Stanford University designed to develop future community college leaders.
Dr. Pando has taught at the community college level and is also a frequent guest lecturer in higher education programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Recently, she served as the keynote speaker and facilitator at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s Summit on Student Success. She has also served on several boards including the United Way of Hudson County, the New Jersey Center for Student Success, and the Employer Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania, shaping programs in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies that equip working adults with the skills needed by employers.
Dr. Pando earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership (with a concentration in community college leadership) from Rowan University, an M.A. in education administration from Saint Peter’s University, and a B.A. from Stockton University. She currently resides in Glen Allen, VA with her husband Eric. She has three college-aged children: Jake, Luke and Isabella.