Meet the Presidential Candidates

Meet the Presidential Candidates

Meet the Presidential CandidatesFaculty and staff are invited to participate in the selection process for NOVA’s next president. During March, the four finalists will spend two days visiting NOVA campuses, with several opportunities for faculty and staff to meet the candidates.

Time has been arranged for the finalists to interact with the College Board, Administrative Council, College Senate and Campus Council representatives, deans and associate vice presidents, community leaders, and faculty and staff. In addition, the candidates will give a public presentation and meet with all interested people at open campus receptions.

Dr. Scott Ralls is scheduled for March 16 and 17. Ralls is president of the North Carolina Community College System, where he serves as CEO of a system of 58 community colleges, a position he has had since May 2008. Previously he was president of Craven Community College in New Bern and Havelock, North Carolina, from 2002 to 2008, and vice president for economic and workforce development for the North Carolina Community College System from 1999 to 2000. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Eugene V. Giovannini will interview March 19 and 20. Since 2013, Giovannini has been president of the Maricopa County Community College District’s Maricopa Corporate College, a 10-college district workforce solutions provider. Previously he was president of Maricopa’s GateWay Community College in Phoenix from 2002 to 2013 and an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has also served as vice president of Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, and as dean of instructional affairs and interim director of student services at Ivy Tech Community College-Southwest in Evansville, Indiana. He holds a doctorate in community college education from Virginia Tech, and master’s and bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Walt A. Tobin will travel to NOVA for meetings on March 23 and 24. Tobin is president and CEO of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a position he has held since 2011. Previously he was interim president and CEO of Denmark Technical College in South Carolina, from 2009 to 2010, and he was vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College from 2002 to 2011. Prior to joining the South Carolina technical colleges he held several positions in K-12 administration in South Carolina. He holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University.

Dr. Dawn S. Lindsay will be at NOVA March 26 and 27. Lindsay has been president of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, since 2012. Prior to that she was superintendent and president of Glendale Community College in Glendale, California, from 2009 to 2012, where she also served as executive vice president in 2009 and as vice president for instructional services from 2007 to 2009. Previously she held administrative leadership positions at Riverside Community College and Saddleback College in California. She holds a doctorate of education from Pepperdine University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Western Maryland College.

For detailed meeting schedules and additional information about the presidential search, go to

Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to appoint NOVA’s new leader in late March.

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