NOVA Names Interim President

Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli will become NOVA’s interim president on March 15, according to an announcement by Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Schiavelli currently serves as the executive vice president of NOVA, overseeing Academic & Student Services. This is his second appointment as the College’s interim president.

“It is a luxury to be able to turn to such an experienced and trusted leader for this interim assignment,” said DuBois. “Mel has served the last two NOVA presidents with distinction and continues to bolster his impressive reputation as a seasoned and effective higher education leader.”

Schiavelli earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the College of William & Mary, the University of Utah, and the University of Delaware during his 50-year career in higher education. He served as a faculty member, department chair, dean, provost and interim president at the College of William & Mary and as provost at the University of Delaware. More recently he served as the founding president of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

“I appreciate the confidence shown in me by the Chancellor by this appointment. NOVA is truly one of stars in the commonwealth’s higher education firmament and being asked to lead it again is indeed an honor,” said Schiavelli.

The VCCS soon will launch a national search for the next permanent NOVA president. The process is expected to take six-to-eight months to complete. Schiavelli will not be a candidate in that search.

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