Orinthia Montague

Elected: 2018
Current Term Ends: 2022
Committee: Academic & Student Affairs, Audit

Orinthia Montague became the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), a public two-year college supported by Cortland and Tompkins Counties in New York State, in July 2017. Orinthia brings nearly two decades of higher education leadership experience to the role, most recently serving as vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. Prior to this role, Orinthia was dean of students at the institution, where she led the launch of a comprehensive tutoring center and initiated the development of a first-year experience course aimed at closing the achievement gap for students in developmental courses.

Before joining Normandale in 2010, Orinthia spent eleven years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, starting as student service coordinator and moving up to director of student life, assistant vice provost and eventually associate vice provost and dean of students.

Along with her roles in higher education, Orinthia has been involved with the United Way and the YWCA, and is a member of the NAACP.

Orinthia was born in Jamaica before immigrating to the United States. She was a first-generation student, and the first in her family to earn advanced degrees. Orinthia received a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University, a Master of Arts from Lindenwood University, and a Doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.