The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the Roxbury Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees' selection of Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D., as the new President of Roxbury Community College effective July 22. The Board's vote for Dr. Roberson was unanimous. (Press release 5/23/2013)
RCC Welcomes Dr. Valerie R. Roberson as its next President
Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D. - Biography Valerie R. Roberson has been a community college administrator for twenty - eight 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.
Dr. Roberson is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Joliet Junior College. Joliet is recognized as the nation's first public community college and presently serves approximately 15,600 college credit students in over 100 degree and certificate programs. Community College Times recognized Joliet Junior College as one of the top 100 associate degree producers in the nation (June, 2012) as a result of college efforts and projects that she led.
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 doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University in 2002. She holds a master's degree in adult education: employee training and development from Roosevelt University and a bachelor of science in psychology from Bradley University.
- Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D. (Cover Letter, Resumé, Biography)
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