Alicia Harvey-Smith named president of River Valley Community College in New Hampshire

River Valley Community College April 1, 2013

Alicia Harvey-Smith selected to lead River Valley CC in New Hampshire

The board of trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith as president of River Valley Community College.

Dr. Harvey-Smith comes to River Valley with twenty-five years of experience in higher education. Her previous position was vice president for student affairs at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland, a public institution serving 19,000 students annually. There she led initiatives in student recruitment, student retention and graduation strategies, workforce development and industry partnerships.

Prior to joining the Baltimore City Community College, Dr. Harvey-Smith served as dean of learning and student development at The Community College of Baltimore County where she was responsible for budgeting, administration and evaluation of learning resources for academic and student services. There she chaired the academic planning team to develop a campus master plan in support of strategic priorities, oversaw the faculty center for learning and teaching excellence, and led a marketing and branding effort aligned with student recruitment objectives.

Dr. Harvey-Smith holds a doctorate in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland-College Park, a Master of Science in education degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She has published numerous articles including on topics of student retention and completion and partnerships in higher education. Honors and awards include the 2012 Remarkable Woman of the Year (Center for Remarkable Women), the 2011 Woman History Makers (National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs), a 2010 Rotary Club award for Community Leadership and Excellence, a “Contributor to Knowledge” award from the National Council on Student Development, and an Education Administrators Award and Exemplary Program recognition from the Maryland Association of Higher Education.

The search committee that recommended Harvey-Smith as a finalist was chaired by Scott Kalicki, president of Lakes Region Community College, and Kathy Shields, a CCSNH trustee and Executive Director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority. It included regional business and civic leaders, representatives of River Valley faculty, staff and administration, and trustees and representatives of the River Valley advisory board.
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