MCCC Names Bastecki-Perez as Sixth President
BLUE BELL PA – Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez was named Monday (May 18, 2020) as the sixth president of Montgomery County Community College, after its board of trustees completed a nationwide search for a new leader. She has signed a three-year contract, and began her tenure immediately, the college announced.
“We are confident that Dr. Bastecki-Perez’s strong leadership and unwavering dedication to the success of our students will continue to propel Montgomery County Community College,” board Chair Frank X. Custer said. “Her performance as interim president, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis, only served to confirm the board was choosing the right person to lead the college.”
“I look forward to continuing to work together with our exceptional faculty, staff and administrators, the board of trustees and community partners to advance the college and help our students realize their dreams,” Bastecki-Perez added. She previously served as the college’s vice president of academic affairs and provost, starting in 2010.
While Dr. Bastecki-Perez served as interim president, MCCC earned the prestigious Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction award, a national recognition for its work in narrowing equity gaps and improving student outcomes. Additionally, MCCC was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges for the fifth consecutive year.
Under her leadership, MCCC also was recognized as an inaugural PNGAS Guard-Friendly School for its support of students in the National Guard, an All-In Gold Campus for outstanding student voter engagement, a national Bellwether Award finalist in the categorical strand for planning, governance, and finance, and a Forbes’ ranking as a top employer, among other prestigious awards and designations.
Bastecki-Perez earlier at the college held the positions of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (2006-2010), Dean of Health and Physical Education (2000-2006), and Director and Professor of Dental Hygiene (1996-2003). Before joining MCCC in 1996, she was an award-winning faculty member and Senior Clinical Supervisor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine for nine years.
Photo by David DeBalko from Montgomery County Community College