Claremont College Names New President

Claremont — The vice president of student affairs at Baltimore City Community College has been chosen as the new president of River Valley Community College, the board of trustees for the Community College System of New Hampshire announced yesterday.

Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, with 25 years of experience in post-secondary education, was among three finalists under consideration by the search committee.

“I am honored by the trustees’ vote of confidence in my ability to lead and position River Valley Community College for greater success,” Harvey-Smith said in a news release from the trustees. “It will be very exciting to serve with the team of CCSNH presidents charged with leading change during this important period in higher education.”

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System, said Harvey-Smith is a talented leader who brings years of experience to River Valley in areas “critical to higher education today.”

At Baltimore City Community College, Harvey-Smith was responsible for initiatives in student recruitment, student retention, graduation strategies, workforce development and industry partnership, trustees said in the news release.

Previously, as dean of learning and student development at The Community College of Baltimore County, Harvey-Smith’s responsibilities included budgeting, administration and evaluation of learning resources for academic and student services.

She also was chairwoman of the academic planning team that developed a campus master plan.

Harvey-Smith holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park, a master’s in education from John Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Morgan State University.

She has received several awards including the 2012 Remarkable Woman of the Year, the 2011 Woman History Makers and a 2010 Rotary Club Award for Community Leadership and Excellence.

Paul Holloway, chairman of the college system trustees, said Harvey-Smith will be a “talented advocate for students and for the partnerships with industry that strengthen the regional economy.”

The college’s last full-time president, Steve Budd, resigned last June and Harvey Hill, of Charlestown, has been serving as interim, a position he held previously at RVCC. Havey-Smith will start July 15.

Along with members of the community college system, the search committee also included City Manager Guy Santagate and John Olson, president of Whelen Engineering.

The two other finalists were Peter T. Glenshaw, of Lyme, who is the director of corporate and foundations relations at Vermont Law School, and Susan Wyckoff of Oxford, Mass., the vice president of academic affairs at the Colleges of Worcester Consortium in Worcester, Mass.

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