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National Hispana Leadership Institute names Anitza San Miguel to Executive Leadership Program

Anitza San Miguel has been selected to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2014 Executive Leadership Program. San Miguel is interim associate dean for the Science and Applied Technologies Division at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

“Dr. San Miguel is a gifted scientist who serves as a strong role model for other Latinas and we are delighted she has been named to this prestigious national leadership program,” said Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy. “We are looking forward to having her share the knowledge and skills she learns with everyone at the Manassas Campus.”

For 26 years, the National Hispana Leadership Institute has fostered hundreds of Latina leaders through its award-winning Executive Leadership Program which differs from other leadership programs by providing training and support through both a female and a Hispanic cultural lens. The program also promotes a heightened awareness of social responsibility and stronger attention to the needs of the broader Hispanic community.

The Executive Leadership Program spans 10 months and includes three components: training, mentorship and leadership projects. The rigorous training curriculum consists of four one-week sessions to develop skills in cross-cultural communication, strategic management, public policy and leadership building. For the mentorship component, participants commit to mentoring at least two other Latinas during the program year. Additionally, participants will design an individual leadership project that significantly impacts the community and complete it before graduation.

Before becoming associate dean, San Miguel was assistant dean of science and assistant professor of biology at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. Prior to NOVA, San Miguel worked at the National Institutes of Health. She also worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner. San Miguel has a doctorate in higher education from George Washington University, a master’s degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. She lives in Reston.

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.