Charlene M. Dukes, Ed.D., is the eighth and first female president of Prince George's Community College (PGCC). With more than 44,000 students at six locations, including the Largo Campus, Prince George's Community College offers 200 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. The college is home to the National Cyberwatch Center, an Advanced Technology Education site funded by the National Science Foundation, and is designated a 2010–2015 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the two-year level. PGCC is also the location of the first middle college high school in Maryland, the Academy for Health Sciences in partnership with the Prince George's County Public Schools. The first graduating class will receive high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously in May 2015. The second middle college partnership was initiated in August 2013 at the Chesapeake Math and Information Technology Charter School.
Dr. Dukes is currently the president of the Maryland State Board of Education and chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges. She serves on the boards of several associations and organizations, including the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); the Community College Advisory Panel of the College Board; the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP); the President's Round Table; and the National Council on Black American Affairs. She is a member of the board of directors of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Round Table, Doctors' Community Hospital, College Summit of the National Capital Region, and Hillside-Works Scholarship Connection. She is on the board of directors of the Harlem Renaissance Foundation and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Area.
In 2014, Dr. Dukes was the recipient of the Dr. Reginald Wilson Leadership Diversity Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALAH), and the Golden Hammer award from the Fuller Center for Housing. In 2011 and 2013, she was recognized by the Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Washington metropolitan area. She was inducted into the Maryland's Women Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dr. Dukes received her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master's and doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.