Vice President, Instruction, Mount San Antonio College
Irene Malmgren, who exemplifies the qualities used to select the recipient of the Carter Doran Award, is currently the Vice President of Instruction at Mt. San Antonio College. Since she began working there about four years ago, she has successfully led the college through the accreditation process; instituted guided pathways; and overseen a model non-credit program. More than all this, she has solidified her college’s role as a state leader in innovation and quality. Those of us who know Irene realize that her presence and guiding hand were essential to Mt. SAC’s development.
Irene’s friends and colleagues also know that she is unfailingly kind and professional, qualities she displayed as President of the CCCCIO group in 2015-16. She is an endless source of useful information for both new and experienced CIOs – and she never hesitates to help others strengthen their own institutions. On her own campus, it is apparent that faculty admire and respect her, and the managers she supervises value her leadership.
Overall, the word that best describes Irene is “generous” – with her time, with her talents, and with her friendship. The CIO group is fortunate to count her in its membership and is honored to give her this award.