Dr. Scott Ralls

Dr. Scott Ralls

Board Member



Wake Technical Community College

Scott Ralls is the fourth president of Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina’s largest community college serving approximately 70,000 individuals. Wake Tech is widely recognized for its economic, workforce and student success initiatives and ranked as a national community college leader in online education. From 2015 to 2019, Dr. Ralls served as President of Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA as it is commonly known, the second largest multi-campus community college in the nation. During his NOVA tenure, he developed a unique partnership with Amazon Web Services that catalyzed a Virginia statewide initiative to create seamless cloud computing degrees that was named 2019 Education Partnership of the Year by Education Dive. He also initiated ADVANCE, a nationally recognized joint admission program with George Mason University recently profiled on the PBS News Hour. In May 2016, Dr. Ralls was named President Emeritus of the North Carolina Community College System after a prior 20-year career in North Carolina that included roles as State System President, President of Craven Community College and Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development. He has been recognized as a Power 100 Business Leader by regional business publications for both the Washington, DC region (2017) and for the State of North Carolina (2021, 2022) and testified six times to U.S. Senate or House committees or subcommittees on workforce development or student success innovations and policy. He currently serves at the national level as Co-chair of the Community College Workforce Consortium and a member of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity.


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