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RVCC names new provost, vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Deborah E. Preston is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at RVCC.
Dr. Deborah E. Preston is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at RVCC. - ()

The Raritan Valley Community College board of trustees announced it has appointed Dr. Deborah E. Preston as provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Preston will be responsible for leading program review; promoting the college’s new Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship; creating partnerships with K-12 schools and with employers; developing online learning and entrepreneurial programs and creating strategic plans.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Deborah Preston to Raritan Valley Community College. With her multitude of roles in the community college sector as a campus provost, dean, award-winning faculty member and department chair, and her wealth of experience leading staff and faculty, academic and workforce development departments, academic master planning and strategic planning initiatives, she will be an invaluable addition to the College community,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the team at Raritan Valley Community College. The students at RVCC are smart, engaged, and eager to succeed, and the faculty and staff are clearly committed to student success,” Preston said. "The mission statement of RVCC definitely drew me in, especially the commitment to social responsibility and engaged citizenship — those values really make RVCC stand out from the crowd,” she continued.

Prior to RVCC, Preston was at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she was dean for visual, performing and media arts. Before that, she was at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta as a faculty member, department chair and campus provost.

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