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Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli Named Interim President of Northern Virginia Community College

RICHMOND – The Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, Dr. Glenn DuBois, announced today that Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli will become the interim President of Northern Virginia Community College effective March 15, 2019. Schiavelli currently serves as the executive vice president of NOVA, overseeing Academic & Student Services. This appointment marks the second time that Schiavelli will be the college’s interim president.

Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli

“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 president of Northern Virginia Community College, a process which typically takes six to eight months to complete. Schiavelli, as interim president, will not be a candidate in that search.

About Northern Virginia Community College: The largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit the College’s Web site,

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