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Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and External Partners:

On behalf of the Northern Virginia Community College Board, I would like to publicly express our appreciation for Scott Ralls’ leadership, both internally in working with the College Board, faculty, staff and students and externally in his outstanding outreach to our region’s employers.  We are very sorry to see him leave NOVA, but we look forward to seeing many of his initiatives continue as we begin the search for a new president. 

The Board recognizes that the search for a new president is one of the most important charges we will undertake for our NOVA family and service region.  To ensure a smooth, transparent and consistent process, the College Board will be partnering with Virginia Community College System Chancellor, Glenn DuBois, and his senior staff to plan and execute the search.  

As a first step in this shared effort, we are asking for your participation in a linked survey: https://nvcc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b94EJNlXQt2176Z.  You will have until 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2019 to share your thoughts and ensure your voice is heard, in this crucial fact gathering portion of the process.

We are intentionally making this survey accessible to a broad and wide ranging audience.  Our invitation will go to NOVA students, faculty, staff, administrators, retirees, alumni and NOVA Foundation Board members in addition to our region’s civic and business leaders and partners.

This survey has been specifically designed to help identify the most pivotal challenges and opportunities NOVA will face over the next three to five years.  As you answer the survey questions, please keep in mind that the College Board’s goal in this search is to identify broad challenges and opportunities; aspects that can be defined, communicated and quantified.  Also, please note that all responses will be kept strictly anonymous.

Once we have the benefit of your perspective, we will share all the responses with the Chancellor.  The Associate Vice Chancellor will then craft recruiting materials to capture these challenges and opportunities as expectations for NOVA’s next president.  

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.  We appreciate your continued service and support of Northern Virginia Community College.        


Rick Pearson, Chair
Northern Virginia Community College Board