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Mel Schiavelli appointed executive vice president at Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. has named Mel D. Schiavelli as executive vice president for academic and student services. Schiavelli will begin his new position July 1.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Schiavelli join NOVA,” Templin said. “His vast higher education leadership experience and commitment to STEM education make him an ideal candidate for the college at a time when we are working with the region’s businesses to improve the supply of tech-savvy front-line workers and contribute to the region’s economic competitiveness.”

As executive vice president for academic and student services, Schiavelli will work with senior administrators to provide strategic, administrative and operational oversight of NOVA, including the formulation and provision of academic programs and student success services that meet the needs of the students and communities of the Northern Virginia region. He will also play a leadership role in the establishment and dissemination of the institutional strategic plan, and assist in determining priorities and activities consistent with that plan to make NOVA a leader in American higher education and in regional economic development.

Since 2002, Schiavelli has served as president and CEO of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania. A champion of making a science and technology-focused education accessible to traditionally underserved students, Schiavelli committed Harrisburg University to increasing the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

He is a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute’s Education Council, where he provides leadership, counsel and research to ensure America’s manufacturing workforce is properly prepared to compete in the global economy. The Manufacturing Institute is the research, education and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Additionally, he serves as a member of The Early Learning Investment Commission, which secures public investment in early learning by focusing on practices that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound by increasing business, civic and public awareness of the importance of early childhood education.

Schiavelli’s distinguished career as scientist and academic leader includes serving as provost and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware (1994-2002). As provost, Schiavelli served as the University of Delaware’s chief academic officer and provided academic leadership for 10 colleges as well as research, extension programs, graduate studies, continuing education, the library, international programs and several interdisciplinary research centers and academic support units, including admissions and financial aid.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Schiavelli was at the College of William and Mary. He joined the faculty at William and Mary in 1968 as an assistant professor of chemistry. During his tenure at William and Mary, Schiavelli served as chancellor professor of chemistry, chairperson of the department of chemistry, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, provost, and interim president.

Schiavelli’s many accomplishments at William and Mary include strengthening graduate education, introducing new doctoral programs, establishing an endowed center for interdisciplinary curriculum development, expanding study-abroad programs, enhancing the writing program, introducing new international studies initiatives, improving the admissions and advisement systems and implementing new programs to encourage undergraduate research activity in the humanities and social sciences. Moreover, he successfully created the faculty senate model of governance, strengthened the library and guided the successful completion of the $150 million capital Campaign for the Fourth Century.

Among his many awards are the College of William and Mary Thomas Jefferson Award, DePaul University Distinguished Alumni Award, and Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Award for the Advancement of Scholarship. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and the Sigma Xi research honorary, and he is a trustee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association.

A visiting lecturer and a senior research fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a visiting professor at the University of Utah, Schiavelli received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has more than 50 refereed scientific publication and presentations, and has received research funding from such sources as National Science Foundation, NATO Grant in Support of International Collaboration, Petroleum Research Fund, and Research Corporation.

A native of Chicago, Schiavelli earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from DePaul University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Schiavelli fills the position previously held by Dr. John T. Dever, currently president of Thomas Nelson Community College.

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.