College President Preston Pulliams
Dr. Preston Pulliams took over as PCC’s fifth president May 24, 2004. He came to Portland Community College after serving as vice-chancellor for Community Colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) where he coordinated and directed the activities of the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system.
Before joining the SUNY administration, Pulliams served as president of Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York from 1997 to 2003. From 1993 to 1997 he was president of the Highland Lakes Campus of the Oakland Community College District in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He served as vice-president for student affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia from 1985 to 1993, and he also served as dean of student services and counselor at Muskegon Community College from 1972 to 1984.
In addition to his experience in community college administration, Dr. Pulliams has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, and for several years taught civics, psychology and geography at a junior high school in Michigan. He has done extensive research and writing on student achievement, minority student success, counseling at the community college level and on establishing effective working relationships between boards and college presidents.
Dr. Pulliams has received numerous honors, awards and recognition at the colleges where he previously served. In addition he has served on an impressive array of community organizations, board and commissions. He expects to be equally active in the Portland Community College District in the years ahead.
Dr. Pulliams is a community college graduate, earning his A.S. in Science from Muskegon Community College. He received a B.S. in Social Science from Michigan State University, an MA in Counseling and Personnel from Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.
He and his wife Joan have two grown children.