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Mel Schiavelli, Ph.D.

Interim President, Northern Virginia Community College


Schiavelli earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the College of William & Mary, the University of Utah, and the University of Delaware during his 50-year career in higher education.

He served as a faculty member, department chair, dean, provost and interim president at the College of William & Mary and as provost at the University of Delaware. More recently he served as the founding president of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

In addition to his extensive higher education leadership experience, Schiavelli brings distinctive capabilities in the area of STEM education. 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.

Under his leadership, Harrisburg University was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and others as being a national leader in applied science and engineering technology education. Last February, Harrisburg University was singled out by the White House Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as one of seven postsecondary institutions in the nation with "Effective Programs to Improve STEM Education."

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