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State Board Committee Certifies Three Finalists for Northern Virginia Community College Presidency

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at Northern Virginia Community College. The finalists were among 80 applicants from across the nation.

The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Paul Broadie II of Orange, Connecticut; Dr. Anne M. Kress of Rochester, New York; and Dr. Joaquín G. Martínez of Hollywood, Florida.

Dr. Paul Broadie II

Dr. Paul Broadie II

Dr. Anne Kress

Dr. Anne M. Kress

Dr. Joaquin Martinez

Dr. Joaquín G. Martínez

“Northern Virginia Community College is one of our nation’s largest, most diverse, and most dynamic community colleges,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “That’s reflected in the pool of candidates who applied for this presidency and the group of finalists moving on to the next step. These are seasoned and successful higher education leaders, and each of them is ready for the unique opportunities and challenges of leading NOVA. We’re excited for the college community to learn more about what they offer.”

Dr. Paul Broadie II is currently the president of two, independent Connecticut institutions: Gateway Community College in New Haven and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. He has nearly 30 years of higher education experience. Broadie began his career in 1990 as an admissions counselor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Two years later, at the same institution, he became an assistant coordinator of one of the college’s extension centers. He moved on to the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz where he became an admissions advisor in 1997; an academic support coordinator nearly a year later; and an assistant dean of admissions/multi-cultural recruitment coordinator in 2000. Broadie became the director of the Ossining Extension Center for Westchester Community College, in Valhalla, New York, in 2001. He moved to Orange County Community College, in Middletown, New York, where he became the associate vice president of extension centers in 2002, and the vice president for Student Services in 2005. He became the president of Housatonic Community College in 2015, and took on the additional role of president at Gateway Community College in 2017. Broadie earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College; a master’s degree from Long Island University, in Brooklyn, New York; and a doctorate from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dr. Anne M. Kress is currently the president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. She has 30 years of community college experience. Her career began in 1989 at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida as an adjunct instructor of English. She rose through the ranks at that institution becoming an associate professor in 1994; a department chair in 1998; the Title III project director in 2000; an associate vice president in 2002; and the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs in 2005. She became the president of Monroe Community College in 2009. Kress is serving her second term on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and as a member of the Presidents’ Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Kress earned two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and a doctorate from the University of Florida.

Dr. Joaquín G. Martínez is currently the district vice provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Miami Dade College. He has more than 25 years of education experience, including a decade of community college experience. Martínez began as a high school Spanish, French, and Italian teacher in Miami-Dade County Schools in 1993. He became an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 2004. He moved to Albizu University, in Doral, Florida, where he became an associate professor in 2005; and the professor, director of the college’s School of Education in 2006. He moved to Miami Dade College in 2010 to become a department chair and steadily rose through the institution’s ranks becoming an associate dean and then associate provost in 2013; the dean of Faculty & Student Services in 2015; president of the Hialeah Campus in 2016; and president of the Wolfson Campus and Virtual College in 2017. This past summer, he assumed the district vice provost role he holds today. Martínez earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont; a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University; and a doctorate from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

During the selection process, the Chancellor emphasized that the presidential hiring is the most important aspect of his job and that of his staff. The Northern Virginia Community College board echoes that sentiment. “In working with the VCCS team, we presented various high-level qualifications for NOVA’s next leader. We were diligent in noting that NOVA’s next leader must be one that ensures that the college’s structure and culture are aligned while engaging all community constituents for the highest level of success,” said Rick Pearson, Chair of the NOVA College Board.

The three finalists seek to become the college’s sixth permanent president, and will succeed Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli, who has served as the college’s interim president since spring. In that regard, the finalists will be visiting the campuses between September 23rd and October 1st. The campus visits will consist of several community meetings, social events, and a formal interview with the board.

This announcement will be followed by a series of events to introduce the candidates to the NOVA community. The college will be providing a very ambitious schedule to expose constituents and stakeholders to the highly sought-after senior executives. The candidates will be meeting with the NOVA family from students, to faculty, partners and executive leadership.

Jeffrey Kraus
Asst. Vice Chancellor for
Strategic Communications
(804) 592-6767


About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.