Meet the President
Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass reestablished her roots in San Juan County, when she returned home and joined San Juan College as President, July 2, 2012.
Prior to San Juan College, Dr. Pendergrass served as the Vice President for Learning at San Jacinto College, South Campus in Houston, Texas. Before San Jacinto College, she served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Executive Dean of Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Students, and Teacher Preparation Division.
She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Business, both from New Mexico State University.
With twenty-two years of experience in community college administration, Dr. Pendergrass understands and embraces the community college philosophy. She is committed to continuing to advance student success, community partnerships and economic development. Dr. Pendergrass serves on the following boards: Four Corners Economic Development (4CED), Four Corners Innovation, San Juan Safe Communities Board, Leadership San Juan, Farmington Boys and Girls Club, the Higher Education Research and Development Institute and the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Global Education.
Dr. Pendergrass has delivered several presentations at national conferences regarding the following topics: leadership development, building community through strategic partnerships, budgeting and facilities utilization. She was also awarded the Chair Academy’s 2006 International Exemplary Leader Award and received the 2014 Excellence for Student Achievement Award presented by the New Mexico School Boards Association in cooperation with the Farmington Board of Education.