CLAREMONT — Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College in Claremont, Keene and opening January 2016 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, was elected for a three-year term to the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). President Harvey-Smith will serve on the 32-member governing board of directors for 1,123 community colleges. The board acts on behalf of the institutional members to create and re-create a vision for AACC and to determine and assure appropriate organizational performance.
The board is committed to guaranteeing accountability of AACC to the membership. The board meets at least three times each year—in the late summer in Washington, DC; at AACC’s Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, and during the annual AACC Convention each spring.
In addition to serving on the AACC Board of Directors, Dr. Harvey-Smith will co-chair the AACC Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development and serve on the Commission on Communications and Marketing — two of the six commissions authorized by the AACC Board — to provide advice, encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations, facilitate a forum for focused conversation about important community college issues and priorities, allow for increased involvement in the Association by AACC member CEOs and other professional staff, and provide leadership opportunities for members of the AACC Board of Directors.
A graduate of the Harvard Institute of Higher Education – Seminar for Presidents, and sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Harvey-Smith earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Morgan State University.
Before being appointed President of River Valley Community College, she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Baltimore City Community College and as Dean of Learning and Student Development and Dean of Learning Support Systems for the Community College of Baltimore County. She also served on the Board of Directors for the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the National Council of Black American Affairs.
An author, whose published works include "Eclectic Insights Part 1 – A Composition of Poetry and Essays on Varying Thoughts and Differing Opinions," "Partnering for Success: How to Build Strong Internal Collaborations in Higher Education," and "The Seventh Learning College Principle: A Framework for Transformational Change," she originated the 7th Learning College Principle that encourages organizations to focus attention on the creation and nurturance of organizational cultures that are open and responsive to change and learning.
“I am honored to have been elected to serve on the AACC Board of Directors, supporting member institutions and engaging around issues of student access, success and completion. Community colleges are playing a critical role in defining America’s future and the need for them has never been greater, stronger, more critical or more necessary," said President Harvey-Smith about her election to the AACC Board and its work.
River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering 39 associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, online and opening fall 2016 in Lebanon.