Dr. Charlene Mickens Dukes, President Emerita, accepted the opportunity to serve Prince George’s County, Maryland as the eighth and first female president of Prince George’s Community College, beginning July 1, 2007. During her tenure, enrollment surged to 44,000 students, and through innovative partnerships with the public school system, seven middle and early colleges programs were established.
She is currently chair of the Board of the Meyer Foundation, secretary of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, vice-chair of the Board of CareFirst, Inc., immediate past convener of The Presidents Round Table, and a past chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges. She serves as a mentor for the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship Program. Dukes was appointed, in July 2020, by the Prince George’s County Executive to serve as co-chair of Prince George’s Forward, a taskforce charged with the post-COVID transformation of Prince George’s County.
Dukes is the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the 2020 Catalyst Award from the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the 2016 Washingtonian of the Year, the 2014 recipient of the American Council on Education’s Dr. Reginald Wilson Leadership Diversity Leadership Award, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALAH), and the 100 most powerful women in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. She was recognized as the 2008 Distinguished Alumna by Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the 2007 Distinguished Alumna by the African Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Dukes holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.