Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D. is the new President of Roxbury Community College.
Roxbury Community College is a co-educational public institution of higher education offering associate degrees and certificate programs. RCC's primary objective is to provide residents of the Commonwealth, specifically those individuals living in the greater Boston area, "optimum opportunity for access to a college education consistent with their interests and aptitudes and to reduce to a minimum economic, social, psychological and academic barriers to educational opportunity." The College's goals are the result of ideas generated by and from the college community and reflect a response to the needs of the larger Roxbury community.
Dr. Roberson has been a community college administrator for nearly thirty years. She has served as president, vice president of academic affairs and of institutional advancement, district associate vice chancellor, dean of academic support, and director of adult education.
She served as President of Olive-Harvey College, of the City Colleges of Chicago, for over five years. Olive-Harvey College serves approximately 7,500 students annually from a predominately African-American, and growing Hispanic, population on the southeast side of Chicago. Dr. Roberson was appointed Interim President and was then selected as permanent President from a national pool of candidates.
Under her leadership, Olive-Harvey College improved its overall image, increased student enrollments, developed new academic programs, and increased college financial resources. Dr. Roberson was an active board member of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce and several other community organizations. She was recognized by Chicago Public Schools for her efforts to expand post-secondary opportunities for area high school students. Dr. Roberson worked to increase workforce training, internships and student employment, and to ensure that academic programs prepared students to meet and exceed industry requirements. Dr. Roberson also refocused the College on improving student engagement and student success. In 2009, Olive-Harvey College was recognized in the national publication, Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Success by the Center for Student Engagement.
Dr. Roberson earned her bachelor of science in psychology from Bradley University. She holds a master's degree in adult education from Roosevelt University, and she earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University.