Dr. Nicole Reaves Appointed MEC Provost

Dr. Scott Ralls, NOVA’s president, is pleased to announce Dr. Nicole Reaves as the next provost of the Medical Education Campus. Currently, vice president for academic and student affairs at City Colleges of Chicago—Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, Ill., Reaves will start at NOVA in March.

“Trained Nursing and Allied Health professionals are increasingly in high demand; with NOVA recognized as the region’s leading source,” said Ralls. “We need the very best to deliver the best and Dr. Reaves has what it takes. We look forward to welcoming her as a member of our leadership team.”

Reaves became vice president for academic and student affairs at the City Colleges of Chicago—Wilbur Wright College in 2014. There, she was responsible for the largest portfolio at Wright College, the largest of the seven Colleges in the City of Chicago District, serving 23,000 students in 25 academic programs. She managed a multi-million dollar operating budget and was responsible for a full-time faculty of 94, a part-time faculty of 250 and five administrators.

Under Reaves’ leadership, the Wilbur Wright College was selected to serve as the pilot institution and model for the six City Colleges of Chicago in reinventing and revamping developmental education and the first-year experience. She has also led the faculty and staff at Wilbur Wright to develop the College’s first Equity Action Plan and Academic Plan. Prior to her service to Wilbur Wright College, Reaves was employed at Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC), and in her five-year tenure transitioned from associate vice president of academic affairs to vice president of academic affairs and student services.

Reaves has also held appointments as the executive director of institutional research and effectiveness at Virginia Union University, assistant professor and program coordinator of Allied Health Professions at Shaw University, and as an instructor at Wake Tech Community College and public health educator at Franklin County Health Department in North Carolina.

Additionally, she has served as an on-site evaluator for Virginia State University’s Title III Program, a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and has presented at national conferences, including the White House initiative on Minority Service Community Colleges Conference in 2016.

Reaves holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University, an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Public Health from East Carolina University.

“I plan to continue the great work being done at the MEC and build on the success the Campus has already achieved,” said Reaves. “I am excited about the opportunity and honored to serve as the Provost of NOVA’s Medical Education Campus.”

During the approximate two-month interim until Reaves arrival, MEC’s Dean of Nursing Dr. Marsha Atkins, will fill the responsibilities of provost in addition to her current responsibilities as dean. Atkins has 46 years of clinical practice, education and administrative experience in both the military and public sector. Formerly, a certified nurse midwife for 35 of those years, she has delivered a total of 11,006 infants. Atkins assumed the role as acting provost immediately following Andrew Cornell’s departure on Jan. 3.

Each of NOVA’s six campuses is headed by a provost who is responsible for all academic and student services and day-to-day campus management. NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is the only specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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