POSITION: Selected unanimously by Delaware County Community College’s Board of Trustees in 2017 to be the fourth president of the college. She is the first woman and the first African American to head the college, which serves 23,000 credit and non-credit students at eight locations in Delaware and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Served as vice chancellor at Tarrant County College District (TCC), in Fort Worth, Texas. She joined TCC in 2010 as vice chancellor for student success, during which time she also served as interim president of Tarrant’s South Campus. Prior to TCC, she was vice president for student success and enrollment Mmanagement at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas; dean of student affairs at San Antonio College; and assistant vice president for administration and dean of equity and diversity at Los Angeles City College. She also served as associate dean of admissions for the Los Angeles Campus of the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, and as assistant dean at Cambridge College’s Springfield Campus in Springfield, Massachusetts.
AFFILIATIONS: Chairs the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, a non-profit consisting of five community colleges and Drexel University, which provides customized training services to regional employers. She also sits on the boards of the Chester County Economic Development Council, the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, and the Foundation for Delaware County.
EDUCATION: A U.S. Air Force veteran, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. In August 2018, the Philadelphia Business Journal featured Dr. Gates Black on its front page as one of 12 “change agents” in Greater Philadelphia who set high standards and are not afraid to take bold action to help students achieve their educational goals.