Dean of Student Achievement
Hermina "Pearl" Peters serves as the Dean of Student Achievement of the new Community College of the District of Columbia. As the dean, she strives to engage students, faculty, staff, administrators, and business and community constituents in enhancing student learning and facilitating student persistence toward graduation. She brings to this position an abiding commitment to customer service and student success, as well as years of experience serving in combined administrative and teaching capacities in the field of higher education.
Dr. Peters' broad expertise spans strategic planning, budget management, marketing, student recruitment, student advisement, faculty/staff development, teaching, program delivery, and working with diverse constituencies. Most recently, she served as Assistant Dean, Director of Continuing Education, and Associate Professor of Business at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. There she was responsible for providing academic leadership and establishing effective communication among students and faculty in the college's four degree-granting schools. She also was the instructor for the management internship, research strategies & technology, and organizational theory & behavior.
Dr. Peters has facilitated seminars on new employee/faculty/staff orientation, new student orientation, career management & development, interviewing skills, and resume writing. She has served as an advisor to student organizations as well as numerous university committees, including those dedicated to curriculum, institutional assessment, enrollment management, recruitment and retention, and continuing education.
Previously Dr. Peters was the Director and Assistant Professor of the Organizational Management Program at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where she taught human resources management and introduction to management. She also taught management and career development courses at Devry University in Irving, Texas, where she served as Associate Registrar and Dean of the Evening and Weekend College.
Dr. Peters' other previous positions include Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and External Relations at the University of Texas – Dallas, Director of the Cooperative Education Program, and Assistant Dean of the Colleges of Nursing & Management at the University of Massachusetts – Boston.
Dr. Peters earned a Ph.D. from Mellen University in New York City; a graduate certificate in human resources from the Keller Graduate School of Management; a certificate of advanced graduate studies from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst School of Education; an MPA from the Suffolk University School of Management; and a bachelor's degree from the Boston College School of Management.