Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández is the 10th President of Greenfield Community College. Although a long-time resident of Massachusetts, she comes to the Pioneer Valley most recently from New Jersey where she served as President of Cumberland County College. Prior to that, she served as Interim President of MassBay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dr. Salomon-Fernández has held research, management, and executive positions at private, selective, and public research institutions, as well as open access community colleges. She spent a decade teaching as an adjunct professor at various colleges including Boston College, Salem State University, and Cambridge College.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Salomon-Fernández has distinguished herself as a visionary, innovative, 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 on at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Nationally, she has been recognized as a thought leader, writing and speaking on a range of issues related to rural innovation, human capital and workforce development, women’s leadership, and cross-sector partnerships. In March 2018, Dr. Salomon-Fernández was named one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Yves values service to the academy and her scholarship, in addition to her commitment to the local community. Dr. Salomon-Fernández is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and an Executive Council Member on the American Council of Education’s Women’s Network. Her international experience includes consulting with the United Nations and the Bermuda Ministry of Education.
Dr. Salomon-Fernández has been called an inspiring and thoughtful leader with a personal journey that many in our community can relate to and one that is quintessentially American. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Yves’ family migrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. After graduating from Boston Latin School, she attended the University of Massachusetts Boston for her undergraduate degree. She received her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and holds a certificate from the University of Oxford in England. Her Ph.D. is from Boston College. Yves is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. She is married to Dr. Stephen Fernández and is the proud mom of two adorable children.