River Valley Community College welcomes Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith as its 10th president. Dr. Harvey-Smith comes to River Valley with twenty-five years of experience in higher education. Her previous position was vice president for student affairs at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland, a public institution serving 19,000 students annually. There she led initiatives in student recruitment, student retention and graduation strategies, workforce development and industry partnerships.
Prior to joining the Baltimore City Community College, Dr. Harvey-Smith served as dean of learning and student development at The Community College of Baltimore County where she was responsible for budgeting, administration and evaluation of learning resources for academic and student services. There she chaired the academic planning team to develop a campus master plan in support of strategic priorities, oversaw the faculty center for learning and teaching excellence, and led a marketing and branding effort aligned with student recruitment objectives.
Dr. Harvey-Smith holds a doctorate in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland-College Park, a Master of Science in education degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She has published numerous articles including on topics of student retention and completion and partnerships in higher education. Honors and awards include the 2012 Remarkable Woman of the Year (Center for Remarkable Women), the 2011 Woman History Makers (National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs), a 2010 Rotary Club award for Community Leadership and Excellence, a “Contributor to Knowledge” award from the National Council on Student Development, and an Education Administrators Award and Exemplary Program recognition from the Maryland Association of Higher Education.
River Valley Community College is a fully accredited, two-year college providing comprehensive programs of higher education. The college offers over 37 associate degree, certificate and diploma programs as well as continuing education opportunities. The main campus is in Claremont with an academic center located in Keene. RVCC is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire.