President, Northern Virginia Community College
Scott Ralls became the fifth president of Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA as it is commonly called, in September, 2015. With approximately 70,000 degree students, NOVA is ranked the 13th largest and 9th most diverse college in the United States. NOVA graduates more IT students than any community college in the country, was ranked the most digital large community college in the nation in 2015, and is home to one of the largest and fastest growing cybersecurity programs in the nation.
In May 2016, Dr. Ralls was named President Emeritus of the North Carolina Community College System after a previous 20-year career that included roles as State System President, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, and President of Craven Community College. Known as an innovator in workforce development, Dr. Ralls led the redesign of North Carolina’s customized job training programs, as well as the overhaul of statewide college financing and curriculum structures to foster stackable industry certification models, and prioritize STEM, health care and technical education programs. For his contributions to education and workforce development, Dr. Ralls was awarded the President’s Award from the North Carolina Economic Developers Association, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the North Carolina Chamber, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Pat McCrory.
Dr. Ralls currently serves as the Co-chair for the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, a national effort sponsored by Jobs for the Future and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to advance state policy improvements that promote program completion for community college students. Four times in recent years he has testified to U.S. Senate and House committees on workforce development and student success innovations.