Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls has named Molly Lynch as acting provost for NOVA’s Manassas Campus while a search is conducted for a new provost to replace Roger Ramsammy.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Molly Lynch has agreed to serve as acting provost starting Feb. 1,” Ralls said. “Molly brings considerable experience and respect to this position. I’m confident she will enjoy the help and support of the campus community as she assumes her new role.”
“I am delighted to have this opportunity and look forward to supporting the Manassas Campus faculty and staff as they continue to serve our students and community,” Lynch said.
Lynch joined the NOVA faculty in July 2003 and quickly became involved in campus, college and statewide initiatives. She has served on a number of major NOVA committees, including the Policy Change Implementation Committee, the SACS Reaccreditation Steering Committee and Curriculum Committee. She chaired the Instructional and Student Services Committee and the collegewide Achieving the Dream team. She has also represented NOVA at several conferences where she gave presentations on a variety of student success topics.
Since 2014, Lynch has served as dean of the Manassas Campus Communications Technologies and Social Sciences Division, responsible for managing the division budget, reviewing curriculum and programs, supervising and evaluating full-time faculty, and coordinating the class schedule.
Previously, Lynch taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Palo Alto College, St. Philips College and the University of the Incarnate Word. Immediately prior to joining NOVA, Lynch was a research associate at Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
She holds a doctorate in social psychology from The Ohio State University and lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with husband Jerry, daughter Allyson and son Kieran.
As chief executive officer for the campus, the provost is responsible for all academic and student services, as well as campus management. The Manassas Campus serves more than 10,500 students in credit programs and another 2,500 students in noncredit programs annually. The campus has two academic divisions that offer transfer and occupational/technical programs, a comprehensive student development outreach program, and a strong workforce development office. Nearly 100 full-time faculty and administrators, 290 adjunct faculty, and 70 staff members work at the campus.
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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 75,000 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, www.nvcc.edu.