Stephen Cain Ph.D.

With over 30 years’ experience in education, Dr. Stephen Cain has held roles in teaching, administration, and numerous leadership positions at Montgomery College (MC) in Maryland since 1989. He currently serves as chief of staff/chief strategy officer and has served as dean of three different areas at the College—science, math, and business; community education and extended learning services; and the Information Technology Institute. He also served as acting vice president for Workforce Development & Continuing Education. Dr. Cain began his work at MC teaching chemistry as a part-time faculty member, later becoming a full-time faculty member. Prior to that, Dr. Cain taught high school for five years.

In his role as the chief of staff/chief strategy officer, he fulfills an array of responsibilities that require leadership, vision, and a profound commitment to institutional and student success. Dr. Cain serves as the president’s primary liaison to the Board of Trustees, communicating with them about vital topics including the fiscal health of the institution, relationships with local and state funders, partnerships with businesses and private philanthropy, and responses to regulatory changes.

Dr. Cain’s extensive experience has included strategic planning, financial management, facilities and technology planning, contract negotiations, and community relations. As an administrator, he has led both credit and noncredit academic units, collaborated on the development of outcomes assessment processes, and partnered with business and community leaders.

Dr. Cain will serve as Acting President of MC while President Dr. DeRionne Pollard is on sabbatical from July 1 to December 31, 2018.