Dr. Mel Schiavelli Named Executive Vice President

President Robert G. Templin Jr. recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mel Schiavelli as NOVA’s new executive vice president for academic and student services.

“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.”

Schiavelli currently serves as the president of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, an institution he founded 10 years ago after serving as professor of chemistry and provost at the University of Delaware and, before that, professor and provost at the College of William and Mary.  He also served as the interim president of the College of William and Mary for about a year.

Besides his extensive higher education leadership experience, Schiavelli brings distinctive capabilities in the area of STEM education.  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.  Under his leadership, Harrisburg University was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and others as being a national leader in applied science and engineering technology education.  Last February, Harrisburg University was singled out by the White House Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as one of seven postsecondary institutions in the nation with “Effective Programs to Improve STEM Education.”

Schiavelli will begin making his transition to NOVA in June with assistance from Dr. Tony Tardd who has been the acting executive vice president since Dr. John Dever began the presidency of Thomas Nelson Community College last September. NOVA thanks Tardd for the outstanding job he has done over the past eight months and for his continuing service and leadership to the College.

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