After conducting a national search, Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls has named Molly Lynch as provost for NOVA’s Manassas Campus.
“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Molly Lynch will assume the role as provost of our Manassas Campus,” Ralls said. “Dr. Lynch has distinguished herself in both the selection process and in her various roles during her years of service at NOVA. The search process attracted remarkable interest from across the country, produced several outstanding finalists and ultimately led to the selection of Dr. Lynch for this important leadership role. The strength of the process brought forward not only Molly’s gifts for the role but also the support and respect she has garnered on the campus and across our college. Molly has my support as well and I am excited that she has accepted this position.”
Lynch has been serving as interim provost since February 2016. During this time, she has worked with NOVA’s leadership to develop and implement policies aligned with the college’s mission while supervising all campus-based projects and operations. She has also met with local and state officials, business leaders, and K-12 administrators to learn how the Manassas Campus can support their efforts.
“I’m thankful to be in a position to continue the important work taking place at the Manassas Campus,” Lynch said. “Every day I learn something new from my colleagues and our students and that makes my job exciting. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the community to make sure our campus is providing the education and services needed in our region.”
Lynch joined NOVA in 2003 as a faculty member in the Psychology Program 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.
In 2014, Lynch was selected 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 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 strong workforce development programs. Approximately 100 full-time faculty and administrators, 280 adjunct faculty, and 65 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 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.