“We are delighted to have Dr. Ralls taking the helm at Northern Virginia, one of the nation’s largest community colleges,” DuBois said. “We expect that he will continue, and enhance, the institution’s traditions of vision, leadership and impact. I’ve known Scott Ralls for a long time. His passion, knowledge and leadership are among the reasons the North Carolina Community College System is so highly regarded.”
Ralls is currently CEO of the North Carolina Community College System, which is comprised of 58 institutions. Prior to that position, he was president of Craven Community College in North Carolina from 2002 to 2008, and vice president for economic and workforce development for the North Carolina Community College System before that.
“The Northern Virginia Community College Board is delighted that Dr. Ralls has accepted the presidency,” said College Board Chair Mike Wooten. “Our community expressed tremendous confidence in his readiness to manage the size, complexity and diversity of NOVA. He brings a rare blend of tested experience, concern for student success, workforce acumen and vigor to the presidency of America’s community college. Having worked with diverse student bodies, traveled here and abroad, and studied Japanese, he will relate well to an international learning community that speaks over 100 languages.”
“I am extremely excited and feel greatly privileged to be joining the team at Northern Virginia Community College,” said Ralls. “NOVA is a national leader in its commitment to student success and plays an integral role in the workforce development it provides to support the region’s vibrant economy. I look forward to working with the NOVA team and community to help build on that great foundation.”
Ralls holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina.
Welcome to NOVA, Dr. Ralls!