Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. has named Roger A. Ramsammy as provost for NOVA’s Manassas Campus. Ramsammy began his new position on Sept. 1.
“Dr. Ramsammy brings extensive experience and innovative ideas. With his strong background, he will provide excellent service to the greater Manassas area,” Templin said.
As chief executive officer for the campus, the provost is responsible for all academic and student services, as well as campus management.
“I am looking forward to getting to know all the students, faculty and staff at the Manassas Campus,” Ramsammy said. “I am also excited about getting involved with the community to learn how we can help our local businesses and organizations.”
Before joining NOVA, Ramsammy served at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla., for nearly two decades. He moved through the ranks from tenured professor to department chair, associate division dean and eventually to dean of academic affairs. With numerous buildings under his supervision, he was instrumental in designing classrooms and labs. He believes in improving student learning by challenging faculty to present new and dynamic techniques in the classroom.
Ramsammy is currently working with Carnegie Mellon University on the first open source electronic textbook in anatomy and physiology. He has also written several published textbooks and research papers.
He has a colorful background of using technology such as green screen and creating his own physiological and anatomical animations. He has also been associated with Max Planck Institutes and Scripps Institute in their research efforts.
This past spring, he participated in a crisis management program at Harvard University. He is a graduate of the National Community College Hispanic Council Fellows Program and the National Council on Black American Affairs Leadership Program, and the recipient of numerous national and state awards.
Originally from Trinidad, Ramsammy visited the United States while playing sports and moved to Washington, D.C., shortly after to attend college. He earned a doctorate in molecular biology at Howard University and completed postdoctoral work at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Institute.
Ramsammy recently moved to Manassas with his wife, Annette, and their 10-year-old daughter, Shayda.
The Manassas Campus serves more than 9,800 students in credit programs and nearly 2,000 students in noncredit programs annually. With a strong emphasis on technology, the campus has two academic divisions that offer transfer and occupational/technical programs, a comprehensive student development outreach program, and a vigorous workforce development office. Approximately 80 full-time faculty and administrators, 210 adjunct faculty, and 60 staff members work at the campus.
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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.