Valerie Roberson named president of Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts

Roxbury Community College June 1, 2013

Valerie Roberson named president of Roxbury Community College

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education today approved the Roxbury Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees’ selection of Valerie R. Roberson, Ph.D., as the new President of Roxbury Community College effective July 22.

The Board’s vote for Dr. Roberson was unanimous.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Valerie to the Commonwealth to lead one of our most dynamic community colleges,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “The opportunity for RCC and the students who attend the college are numerous. I look forward to working with her as she begins this important work.”

Dr. Roberson has been a community college administrator for nearly three decades.

She currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Joliet Junior College in Illinois, recognized as the nation’s first public community college.

“With this vote, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Roxbury
Community College Board of Trustees created a tremendous opportunity to improve
economic and academic outcomes for the greater Roxbury area,” said Secretary of
Education Matthew Malone. “Dr. Roberson is a strong leader who has the skill and
experience to push RCC to new heights.”

Dr. Roberson is the 15th President of Roxbury Community College, which first opened its doors to students in 1973 in the Grove Hall area of Roxbury. She succeeds Dr. Linda Edmunds Turner, who has served as interim President since the resignation of President Terrence Gomes in 2012.

“I couldn’t be more humbled and proud to have been given this great responsibility,” said Dr. Roberson. “We have a once in a generation opportunity to create a community college that will be recognized as a national leader. I look forward to beginning by listening and learning from the students, staff and community about their dreams and hopes for Roxbury Community College.”

Dr. Roberson comes to Massachusetts from Joliet Junior College, which has a student body of 15,600 and more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Under the leadership of Dr. Roberson, Joliet was named one of the top 100 associate degree producers in the U.S. (Community College Times, June, 2012)..Previously, Dr. Roberson served for five years as President of Olive-Harvey College of the City Colleges of Chicago.
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