-  Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. has named Mel D. Schiavelli as executive vice president for academic and student services. Schiavelli will begin his new position July 1.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Schiavelli join NOVA,” Templin said. “His vast higher education leadership experience and commitment to STEM education make him an ideal candidate for the college at a time when we are working with the region’s businesses to improve the supply of tech-savvy front-line workers and contribute to the region’s economic competitiveness.”

As executive vice president for academic and student services, Schiavelli will work with senior administrators to provide strategic, administrative and operational oversight of NOVA, including the formulation and provision of academic programs and student success services that meet the needs of the students and communities of the Northern Virginia region. He will also play a leadership role in the establishment and dissemination of the institutional strategic plan, and assist in determining priorities and activities consistent with that plan to make NOVA a leader in American higher education and in regional economic development.

Since 2002, Schiavelli has served as president and CEO of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania. A champion of making a science and technology-focused education accessible to traditionally underserved students, Schiavelli committed Harrisburg University to increasing the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

He is a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute’s Education Council, where he provides leadership, counsel and research to ensure America’s manufacturing workforce is properly prepared to compete in the global economy. The Manufacturing Institute is the research, education and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Additionally, he serves as a member of The Early Learning Investment Commission, which secures public investment in early learning by focusing on practices that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound by increasing business, civic and public awareness of the importance of early childhood education.
Schiavelli’s distinguished career as scientist and academic leader includes serving as provost and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware (1994-2002). As provost, Schiavelli served as the University of Delaware’s chief academic officer and provided academic leadership for 10 colleges as well as research, extension programs, graduate studies, continuing education, the library, international programs and several interdisciplinary research centers and academic support units, including admissions and financial aid.

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