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First Cohort of NOVA Leadership Program Participants Chosen

November 4, 2009

ANNANDALE, Va. – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is pleased to announce the first cohort group of participants in NOVA's Leadership Program, designed to help prepare current NOVA employees for future leadership opportunities.

The NOVA Leadership Program is a six-month leadership development experience for faculty leaders, mid-level managers and senior administrators who want to develop their capacity to serve in more significant leadership positions at NOVA as opportunities become available. The program will prepare participants to understand strategic leadership issues and opportunities facing NOVA, and community colleges in general over the next several years.

The first cohort for the 2009-2010 Leadership Program was limited to 16 participants. Applications were accepted between September 15 and October 1, and the response was overwhelming. Forty-four candidates were identified. The Administrative Council chose participants based on the quality of their application, the recommendation of the Supervisor and Provost or Vice President and evidence of leadership potential.

The 2009-2010 Leadership Program participants are:

Ron Buchanan
Virginia Cabasa-Hess
Frances Villagran-Glover
Charlotte Calobrisi
Elizabeth Harper
Jennifer Roberts
Cathy Simpson
Miguel Garcia
Ed Mellon
Charles Errico
Mary Ann Schmitt
Michael Carrington
Allen Sinner
Celeste Dubeck-Smith
Michael Tucker
Renee McLaurin

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site,