Concord, NH - Dr. Ali Rafieymehr has been named interim President of River Valley Community College, which includes a main campus in Claremont, NH, and academic centers in Keene and Lebanon, NH.
The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) board of trustees voted unanimously to approve Rafieymehr’s appointment, which was recommended to them by CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell.
Dr. Rafieymehr has been serving as RVCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs since June of 2016.
“I am deeply honored to have been asked to serve as River Valley’s president. The students, faculty and staff across the regions we serve are a true inspiration to me, and I am committed to the mission of this college and the community college system,” said Rafieymehr. “I see tremendous opportunity and a real need for what the college brings to our communities. I embrace this new responsibility and appreciate the confidence and support of my colleagues, Chancellor Gittell and the trustees.”
Rafieymehr brings a strong combination of business, higher education and community engagement experience to the role. As the chief academic officer at River Valley, he has been responsible for promoting academic excellence, student achievement, fostering industry partnerships and developing pathways from K-12 to the college. Before joining RVCC, Rafieymehr served as a Workforce Development Consultant and Dean of Dyn University at Dynamic Network Services (Dyn) in Manchester, NH where he helped to develop current and future workforce talent for Dyn and other companies in NH. His previous academic experience includes positions as Dean and Director of the Manchester Campus of the University of New Hampshire, Dean of the Division of Information Technology and Sciences at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, and Department Chair of the Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. In addition to also holding teaching positions at those institutions, he held full-time/adjunct faculty positions at St Anselm College in Manchester, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Merrimack College. Dr. Rafieymehr's professional experience includes a 20-year career as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Corporation, and Avici Systems.
“I am very pleased to recommend Dr. Rafieymehr to serve as president of River Valley,” said Chancellor Ross Gittell. “He brings what I believe the college needs in a leader at this time – someone who is already deeply engaged in the life of the college, who is enthusiastic and skilled at developing innovative programs and services to meet the needs of students and the communities the college serves, and who is committed to outreach to constituencies across the region to ensure the college is a strong partner in economic and workforce development.”
CCSNH trustee Allen Damren of Claremont has worked with Rafieymehr since his arrival at RVCC last year, and enthusiastically supported the recommendation. “From inviting area middle school students to experience computer programming at the college, to supporting the work of college faculty to enhance programs and curriculum in partnership with business, Ali has shown a real talent for strengthening the foundation of River Valley and its value to the region,” said Damren. “He has a real passion for education and the doors it can open for students of all ages and aspirations.”
Dr. Rafieymehr earned a Doctorate of Science in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a M.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Lowell, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of Mathematics and Economic Management in Iran.
Rafieymehr’s appointment as interim president is for a period of two years.
About River Valley Community College: River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering thirty-nine associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, Lebanon, and Online. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of post-secondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.
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