Triton College selects Interim President Mary-Rita Moore as Permanent President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV. 24, 2015
Triton College Interim President Mary-Rita Moore was selected by Triton's Board of Trustees as the institution's permanent president, following a rigorous presidential search that began in August. Moore was selected at a special board meeting held on Monday, Nov. 23, making her the college's eighth president in Triton's 51-year history. Moore has served as the college's interim president since January 1, 2015.
"I am delighted to accept the position of Triton College President, and I fully embrace the important responsibility of leading the college in providing student-centered programs and services with excellence," said President Moore.
"The Board is very pleased to have Mary-Rita Moore as our president for the next three years," said Triton College Board Chairman Mark Stephens. "Her long tenure at Triton College has included working in a variety of areas that give her the knowledge and insight that will serve Triton College well as she works with our entire staff to move Triton forward with the benefit of our students and community."
Moore's career at the institution spans more than 20 years, starting at the front line of the college assisting students with their registration needs at the Welcome Desk and serving as Academic Advisor. Moore progressed in her career becoming associate dean of Student Services, and later, the dean of Enrollment Services, of which she implemented new initiatives to improve retention and completion rates at Triton and worked collaboratively with academic faculty and administrators to streamline the registration process.
In 2012, she was appointed to the position of associate vice president of Strategic Planning, where she led the development of Triton's seven-year strategic plan and also played a critical role in the Higher Learning Commission 2013 reaffirmation visit.
Moore holds strong ties to Triton's district. She was born and raised in Norridge, graduating from Ridgewood High School, and is a graduate of Rosary College, now known as Dominican University, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.
Serving the community, she's sat on the regional board for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and has provided leadership to the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Moore has been recognized for her campus innovations, implementing technology solutions to improve efficiency in service and improving the "front door" experience for Triton's students and families. In 2010, she was awarded, along with several of her colleagues, by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) School/College Partnership for bringing the community together through education.
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Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
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