Dr. Preston Pulliams is president of Gold Hill Associates, a community college president search firm. Prior to joining Gold Hill Associates, Dr. Pulliams served institutions as college president, most recently as interim president of Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. He served as the fifth president of Portland (Oregon) Community College (PCC) from 2004 to 2013. Prior to his presidency at PCC, he served as vice chancellor for community colleges for the State University of New York, where he coordinated and directed the activities of the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system.
Before joining the SUNY administration, Dr. 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 in Michigan 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 at a junior high school in Michigan. Dr. Pulliams has done extensive research and writing on student achievement, minority student success, counseling at the community college level, and establishing effective working relationships between boards and college presidents. In 2011, he delivered the Seventh Annual Carpenter Lecture, “Leadership and the New Normal,” at Oregon State’s College of Education.
Dr. Pulliams serves on the advisory board of the Community College Research Center of Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Dr. Pulliams is a community college graduate, having earned his A.S. in Science from Muskegon Community College. He received a B.S. in Social Science from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Counseling and Personnel from Western Michigan University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.