|MCC Alumni Hall of Fame
Cerri A. Banks, Ph.D.’97
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College,
Mount Holyoke College
Nominated by MCC President Anne M. Kress, Ph.D.
Author and educator Cerri A. Banks, Ph.D. became the vice president for student affairs and dean of the college for Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., in July 2011. She is convinced that her success in the field of education is a direct result of beginning her academic career at Monroe Community College.
Cerri began her journey as a non-traditional student at MCC’s Damon City Campus. According to Anne Kress, “Dr. Banks exemplifies the impact of a community college education for students who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to college.” Following MCC, she pursued advanced studies in elementary and special education, cultural foundations of education and women’s studies at Syracuse University. She specializes in the sociology of education, cultural studies, multicultural education and qualitative research. Her strong interpersonal and leadership skills and her ability to bring people together are highly valued by Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella.
Prior to Mount Holyoke, Cerri served as Dean at William Smith College and as an education professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.She has authored two books, Black Women Undergraduates, Cultural Capital and College Success and Teaching, Learning and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education. In 2011, Cerri served as the keynote speaker at the MCC Empire State Diversity Scholars reception and is a role model for MCC students and our community.