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Dr. Carlee Drummer began her tenure as the fourth president of QVCC on July 1, 2014.

A graduate of Wittenberg University (B.A., magna cum laude), Dr. Drummer earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her Ph.D. dissertation was The Broken Chrysalis: Virginia Woolf’s Grieved Grief. In addition, she studied abroad at the University of Exeter, Devon, England.

Dr. Drummer began her career as director of communications/advertising for a division of Nabisco Brands, Inc., after which she became director of public relations and publications for Baruch College, The City University of New York. Following her position at Baruch, she served as manager of public relations and communications for The New York Public Library system. 

In 1992, Dr. Drummer was named associate vice president for communications and associate professor of English at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. She then spent five years in Chicago as vice president of Lipman Hearne, Inc., a marketing and communications firm specializing in enrollment and philanthropic solutions.

Most recently she served in the dual positions of executive director of college advancement and executive director of the Educational Foundation at Oakton Community College in Illinois. She has been with Oakton Community College since 2001.

Dr. Drummer has published a number of important works, including “Picturing Perceptions: A Photographic Approach to Understanding Students’ Views of College” (Co-author); “Contexts and Comparisons: A Student Guide to the Great Works” (Editor and co-author); and “A Commonplace Book: Honoring the Literary Lions 1981-1990” (Co-editor). She has received numerous awards for work in the advancement and support of education, as well as in the fields of marketing and public relations.

Dr. Drummer’s husband, Michael, is an architect, fine artist, photographer and filmmaker.