New Roxbury CC president called the school's last chance

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Roxbury Community College's (Mass.) new president, Valerie Roberson, seems to offer much of what the flailing institution needs.

She understands the link between higher ed and employment: As a vice president at Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Ill., in the 1990s, she supervised the expansion of customized training programs for local employers such as Mitsubishi Motors, Caterpillar, and State Farm Insurance.

She knows how to provide stability to a troubled institution: After Roberson became interim president of Chicago’s Olive-Harvey College in 2004 (and president two years later), her six-year tenure provided continuity for an institution that had seen four presidents in the five prior years.

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