Dr. Avis Proctor serves as the President of Broward College's North Campus with over 20 years of experience working in multicultural environments as an innovative mathematics educator and academic administrator who focuses on the three prongs of education: teaching, service, and research. As a higher education scholar and a Ronald McNair Fellow, Dr. Proctor contributes on the local, state and national levels to the professional discourse on leadership for current and emerging professionals, effective instructional strategies across several disciplines including mathematics, progressive administrative practices within the community college sector, and strategic community engagement. Working closely with the local school district, the business community, and higher education institutions, she has provided collaborative leadership for early childhood education, dual enrollment, and college readiness initiatives which have gained national attention, and professional development for current and future mathematics and science teachers. She aims to keep the college on the cutting edge of current research-based educational trends by incorporating the
philosophy in strategic initiatives and building the STEM pipeline for underrepresented groups. She continues to expand articulation and internship opportunities which enhance student-employer connections for current students as well as BC alumni. Prior to joining Broward Community College in 2000, she worked at Fort Lauderdale's Pine Crest School as an Upper School Mathematics Teacher.
Dr. Proctor has a great appreciation for the arts and community service and recognizes their transformative power. Some of her service includes tutoring at-risk youth, promoting civic engagement via voter registration and civil rights restoration drives, participating in health/wellness and environmental sustainability initiatives, promoting a college completion culture to teens and college students, fundraising, and collecting food and school supplies for the needy. Since her youth, she has served in the music ministry of her churches and was active in the Ministry of Music and Celebrative Arts at Fort Lauderdale's New Mount Olive Baptist Church for the last 18 years. There she used her talents across a variety of activities to include singing in multiple choirs and serving as the director for the children and youth choirs. She currently serves as a board member of Junior Achievement of South Florida @ Broward College, Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
A 2012 graduate of the Florida Department of Education's Chancellor's Leadership Seminar, Dr. Proctor was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for Broward County in 2014 and also received the 2015 Community Servant Award from the American Society for Public Administration South Florida Chapter. She sees education as the great equalizer and is honored to serve her community to achieve academic, social, and economic progress with civic and global responsibility. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education from Florida International University.