Diana Van Der Ploeg
Dr. DIANA VAN DER PLOEG recently retired as President of Butte College in Oroville, California. She previously served as the Interim President of Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington after having served as President of Spokane Falls Community College in Washington and Gateway Community-Technical College in Connecticut. Prior to that she held a variety of positions at Aims Community College in Colorado, including Faculty member and Department Chair in Emergency Medical Services, Dean of the South Campus, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President of the College.
Diana's areas of expertise include leadership development, executive/vice president coaching, developing "home-grown" leadership academies, administering and coaching around the 360 Leadership Circle/Profile, and teambuilding and communication skills. Additionally, she has considerable expertise in helping colleges become more sustainable in curricula, facilities and operations as well as in developing and practicing disaster preparedness plans. She also enjoys helping colleges develop and implement planning processes.
Dr. Van Der Ploeg now lives in Colorado. She earned her Ph.D. in Community College Administration at Colorado State University, her Masterís Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Bachelorís Degree from the University of Denver.
She was named one of the top 80 leaders in higher education by the American Association of Higher Education. She also received the Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mayorís Proclamation for outstanding service in New Haven, the Monarch Award for Leadership, and Certificates of Recognition from Senator Aanestad for Sustainability and Assemblyman Logue for Leadership.