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Deborah Preston, Ph.D. - Instructional and College Dean for the Arts

Phone: (240) 567-5031
Fax: (240) 567-5028
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Street, MT-621
Rockville, MD 20850


Deborah Preston, Ph.D.As the Instructional and College Dean for the Arts, Dr. Deborah Preston has administrative oversight for the Fine, Visual, and Performing Arts instructional area at the Rockville Campus and the Montgomery College Arts Institute. On the Rockville Campus, she oversees the departments of Music; Art; Communication Arts Technologies; and Speech, Dance, and Theatre, as well as the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Adventure Theatre and a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, class of 2010.

Before joining Montgomery College in 2006, Dr. Preston served as a campus provost at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, Georgia. She also worked extensively with the University System of Georgia as chair of the European Council, a statewide consortium of study abroad and international education programs. In 2004, she spent a semester at Montgomery College as a member of the 2004-05 class of ACE Fellows, a prestigious leadership cohort selected by the American Council on Education. She previously taught English and theatre courses at Georgia Perimeter College and served as the Humanities department chair. She was a recipient of the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 and the Georgia Perimeter College Lawrenceville Campus Leadership Award in 1998.

Dr. Preston earned her B.A. in theatre from Florida State in 1986 and her M.A. in English from the same institution in 1988. She received her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in dramatic literature from Tulane University in 1998.

Area Description: 

The Fine, Performing, and Visual Arts Area offers instruction and training in the arts in the form of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on participation. Students can gain experience in art, music, advertising art, computer graphics, photography, television and radio, speech, dance, theatre, and American Sign Language. In addition to classes, grants through the Montgomery College Arts Institute allow the area to offer workshops, lecture/demonstrations, master classes, and exhibitions that support and supplement the academic programs. Performances and exhibitions by the academic departments as well as the Professional Artist series and the Children’s series sponsored by the Performing Arts Center provide opportunities for the College and the community at large to enjoy high-level artistic programming. The Performing Arts Center is also available to community organizations that wish to rent facilities for their own performances.


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