Dr. Lori M. Berquam has more than 30 years of leadership experience in higher education. Prior to joining MCC as Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, she completed a prestigious fellowship through the American Council on Education, serving in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Appointed Interim President Feb. 1, 2020, her primary responsibilities are providing vision and direction for the planning and operation of the college; serving as MCC's ambassador and advocate; and aligning the college's strategic priorities with the shared transformation of the Maricopa Community Colleges student experience.
A renowned champion of student success, Berquam addresses the barriers MCC's diverse student body may encounter by enhancing resources to help them reach goals. The MCC We Care campaign, created with the collaboration of students, staff and faculty, highlights her heartfelt approach to creating a campus that is welcoming and inclusive.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison she worked in the Division of Student Life starting in 2002, serving as Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007 to 2018. There she supported and advocated for students in countless difficult situations and was known for her fun-loving and quirky style that was showcased in student memes and videos. As an American Council on Education Fellow, Berquam spent a year at the University of Arizona, where she worked specifically with the University of Arizona - South and 2 + 2 initiatives; the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation; and the Arizona Online efforts.
A former adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona, she holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Colorado State University, a master’s in student affairs administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Psychology from Truman State University in Missouri.
Berquam is a first-generation college graduate, and is the eldest of seven. She loves exploring challenging hiking trails and enjoys cycling, golfing, canoeing and kayaking.