Greenfield, Mass – On Thursday, May 30th, Greenfield Community College (GCC) will inaugurate its 10th President, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández, in an official ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. on the main campus in Greenfield. As the sector of higher education enters a period of seismic change, Yves brings a rooted and inspiring vision to the Pioneer Valley and to one of Franklin County’s most revered institutions.
“Realizing what we need to change and when we need to change is where we are as a sector,” shares Dr. Salomon-Fernández. “It’s time to say: ‘ ‘How do we embrace and carry the best of the past forward — honoring that and keeping it core in terms of identity–but at the same time, stay open to evolving?’”
Dr. Salomon-Fernández comes to her role with reverence for the “intellectual vitality,” “entrepreneurial spirit” and “commitment to student success” that characterizes GCC’s culture. She brings a wealth of experience to uphold and expand upon these strengths. A researcher, educator, and data analyst, Dr. Salomon-Fernández has distinguished herself as a visionary, innovator, and entrepreneurial executive committed to access and equity. Her career in education began as a data analyst working on the No Child Left Behind policy, and throughout her career she has been recognized across the nation as a thought leader. In March, 2018, she was named one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
The Greenfield Community College community is thrilled to welcome such a wise and accomplished leader into office — a woman whose leadership is based in serving and empowering others — a mirror of the deep sense of stewardship felt throughout the school.
“This is a wonderful day for our students, faculty, staff, our Foundation, and Board of Trustees,” shares Chair of GCC’s Board of Trustees Robert S. Cohn. “It is even a greater day for our community and our neighboring communities to honor President Yves Salomon-Fernández on her inaugural day. The day of the unanimous vote, I said to all that we only know who we live with and work with. Yves is living & working with all of us and as Board Chair, I say we hit a home run! We all welcome Yves and are very proud she came to GCC!”
Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), GCC works closely with bachelor degree granting colleges of the Massachusetts public higher education system, including the University of Massachusetts, and with private colleges and universities, enabling GCC to offer diverse transfer opportunities to their students. The school is widely known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, for academic excellence, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community.
GCC’s motto is, “You belong here.” On May 30th, this is the very spirit with which Yves Salomon-Fernandez will be officially inaugurated into office. All are welcome to attend.
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