Kenney Polson

Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors, Zone 5

Occupational Background

Director of Music – Stevenson-Carson School District, Wahluke School District, Portland Public  Schools, Marylhurst University, Beaverton School District, Merced College

Dean of Students – Portland Public Schools

Camp Director – Oregon College of Art and Crafts

Education Background

Lewis & Clark College Education Specialist Degree – Education Administration

Center for Dialogue and Resolution Mediation Certificate

University of Portland Initial Administrator License

Howard University Masters of Music – Jazz Composition

Fresno State University Bachelor of Arts Degree – Music Education

Fresno City College Associate of Arts Degree – Music

Prior Leadership Experience

Board of Directors – Mt Hood Community College (2015 – 2019)

Board President – American Music Program

Past President – International Association of Jazz Educators

Board Member – Mt. Hood Jazz Festival

Member – Association of Community College Trustees

Member – African American Association of Community College Trustees

Member – Equity Committee – Association of Community College Trustees

Past Vice President – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Past President – Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity


I have served in a leadership role for many years. I have been an educator for 30 years. The position of director of music requires decisions that involve budgeting, marketing, performance, schedules, music equipment, personnel, guest performers, etc. I have lived and taught school in Bogota, Colombia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Beijing, China. I have traveled to over 50 countries and am culturally competent.

As a member of the Board of Directors at Mt. Hood Community College, I will continue to make decisions with an equity and inclusion lens.