Dr. Orinthia Montague
Dr. Orinthia T. Montague currently serves as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Normandale Community College. As the Interim Vice President, Dr. Montague provides leadership for the following areas that provide support and services to students: Advising & Counseling, Office for Students with Disabilities, Diversity Center, Student Life, Center for Experiential Education, Recreation & Wellness, Student Conduct, Orientation & New Student Programs, Financial Aid, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Registration and Records, Kopp Student Center, Lancers Food Service, College Bookstore, and Admissions and Marketing. Prior to being named Interim Vice President, Dr. Montague served as Dean of Students at Normandale College for approximately four years.
Dr. Montague is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), serving four times on their national career services committee and participating on regional advisory boards. In 2006, Dr. Montague was selected from a field of 120 applicants to participate in the Alice Manicur Symposium, which was established and coordinated by NASPA’s Center for Women, and designed for women in mid-level managerial positions who are contemplating a move to a senior student affairs officer (SSAO) position in the near future. At the University of Missouri – St. Louis she was recognized for her dedication in advancing women issues as a recipient of the “Trailblazers Award: Generation of Women Moving History Forward. In St. Louis, Missouri, she was formerly a board member of the United Way Multicultural Leadership Society and a general member of the African American Leadership Society (Charmaine Chapman Society) and the Women’s Leadership Society. As a current administrator with the Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU), Dr. Montague is the Co-Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Advisory Council, participated in the 2014 Executive Development Program and serves as a system representative for the Greater MSP Economic Development Diversity Taskforce.
Dr. Montague earned a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication at Truman State University, a M.A. in Counseling from Lindenwood University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration form the University of Missouri – St. Louis. As an immigrant of the island of Jamaica and a first generation student, Orinthia was the first in her family to earn advanced degrees.