Toni Hopper Pendergrass earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Economics from New Mexico State University. Since July 2, 2012 she has served as the president of San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Toni grew up in Aztec and she is excited to be back in the area.
Before accepting the position at San Juan College, she served as the vice president for learning at San Jacinto College, South Campus in Houston, Texas. Prior to working at San Jacinto College, she served as interim vice president of academic affairs at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. She gained experience in strategic planning, research, and institutional effectiveness as a vice chancellor at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, Michigan and as a college director at Clovis Community College in Clovis, New Mexico.
Dr. Pendergrass is committed to service. She serves on the following boards: Four Corners Economic Development; Leadership San Juan; San Juan Safe Communities Inniative, Farmington Boys and Girls Club; and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the following organizations: American Association of Women in Community Colleges; New Mexico Independent Community Colleges; and the Farmington Rotary Club. She also received the Chair Academy’s 2006 International Exemplary Leader Award.
Toni and her husband, Dr. Doug Pendergrass have three children: Douglas, Raylee and Hadley. Toni enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, camping, and country-western dancing.