May 24, 2007
ALEX MONTOYA NAMED
DEAN OF ENROLLMENT SERVICES
AT CLARK COLLEGE
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Alex Montoya is the new dean of enrollment services at Clark College. As dean, Montoya is responsible for the leadership and coordination of programs including admissions, assessment, credential evaluations, financial aid, international student affairs, off-campus enrollment services, registration, sponsored programs, student recruitment, and veteran’s affairs.
Montoya, who resides in Longview, has worked in higher education for over 11 years. He has served two years as director of financial aid at Clark College and, for the past year, has also served as interim dean of enrollment services. As director of financial aid, Montoya administered all aspects of the college financial aid office. He set policy and procedures for all federal, state, and campus financial aid programs, supervising 17 full-time staff members and monitoring $20 million in financial aid budgets.
Montoya says his new position as dean of enrollment services will “give me the opportunity to make great things happen for people who want to go to college. I am in a unique position to not only see how we can improve access to higher education for people but to implement real solutions.” He adds, “Clark is a great place to be. I really enjoy working with my colleagues, faculty and staff. It is truly a great time to be a part of the ‘Penguin Nation’!”
Prior to joining Clark College, Montoya spent three years as assistant director of financial aid at Lower Columbia College, where he also served as a multicultural advisor.
Alex Montoya currently serves on the Washington State Financial Aid Council and Washington Association of Financial Aid Administrators. He previously served as president and vice president of the Washington State Multicultural Student Services Director’s Council. He also served on the Washington State Latino Caucus. For the past two years, he has served as head coach of a Longview Youth Soccer Association (LYSA) team.
A graduate of Vancouver’s Evergreen High School, Alex Montoya earned an associate of arts degree from Lower Columbia College, a bachelor of arts degree in Latin American Studies from Evergreen State College, and a master of science degree in management communication from the University of Portland. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he graduated from basic training as a Platoon Honor Man (an honor graduate).