BCC names interim president

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At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Community College unanimously approved the recommendation of its human resources sub-committee to appoint Paul Raverta as the college's new interim president. Raverta, who holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College, comes to BCC with more than 30 years of experience at Holyoke Community College (HCC). During his tenure at HCC, Raverta served as a senior-level administrator and faculty member in seven professional areas. These included service as Interim President, Acting Executive Vice President, Vice President for Student Development, Dean of Student Development, Registrar, Assistant Director of Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. His most recent position at HCC was Vice President for Business and Community Affairs, and Executive Director of the Kittredge Business Center. His achievements in this position include the establishment of a regional business advisory group in collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College (STCC); and the submission of a joint federal workforce development grant for HCC, STCC, and Greenfield Community College. Other achievements include a pilot Adult Basic Education to GED program in downtown Holyoke for city residents, and a "Transition to College" program at a local correctional facility. Raverta also increased business relationships with HCC through Chamber of Commerce representation and sponsorships, and increased access to international markets for businesses through HCC's World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER) and the Western Massachusetts Office of the Mass Export Center. In addition to his professional qualifications, Raverta has a network of "established relationships" within the community college system and is "highly regarded by his colleagues throughout the state." Pending final approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the appointment will go into effect September 1 and will be for a period of up to two years. Raverta's appointment will follow the two-month appointment of Dr. Andrew Scibelli, president emeritus of STCC, who could not continue as interim president beyond August 31 due to restrictions by the state's retirement board related to salary caps. "We were very disappointed in that decision," said Susan Lombard, chair of the BCC board. "Nevertheless," she added, "we need to continue to move on and we look forward to working with Dr. Raverta."

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