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30 March 2021

Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., Appointed CEO at Naugatuck Valley Community College

Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., Appointed CEO at Naugatuck Valley Community College

The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) selected Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer of Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC). 

Dr. Dresdner will become campus CEO of NVCC in Waterbury and Danbury effective June 4, 2021. She currently serves as interim CEO of NVCC, where she oversees campus day-to-day operations and has led the COVID Re-Opening Plan with her leadership team to ensure the safe opening of two campuses.

Dr. Dresdner joined the Naugatuck staff in 2015 as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts/Behavioral and Social Sciences and in 2018 was selected to serve as Dean of Academic Affairs. From 2000-2015, Dr. Dresdner was professor of English at Norwalk Community College (NCC) where she rose through the ranks, becoming a tenured, full professor in 2007. She also served as English Department Chair, Writing Coordinator, and team leader for electronic portfolios. As the one of the coordinators for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) grant, she served as NCC’s Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and she also co-founded and obtained a three-year operational grant to create the Fairfield County Women’s Center at the college, serving as its director from 2004-2005. At NVCC, she launched the International Center for the Arts in 2017, helped to write two of the college’s four Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grants, and has led initiatives to strengthen retention and close the equity achievement gap.

Dr. Dresdner has taught literature, writing, and interdisciplinary courses, and has published and presented at national and international conferences on integrative learning, reflective practice, learning communities, and literary topics. She has also served as a visiting team member for the New England Commission of Higher Education. Dr. Dresdner currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Waterbury and its Education Impact Council as well as on the Governing Council, Executive Board, and Membership Committee of the Arts and Culture Collaborative of Waterbury. Dr. Dresdner earned a Ph.D. (English, with distinction) from Loyola University Chicago, M.A. (English) from Boise State University, and B.A. (English) from University of Utah. 


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Naugatuck Valley Community College invites STEM enthusiasts of all ages to its 2nd Annual STEM Festival on Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 4 pm at their Waterbury Campus located at 750 Chase Parkway. The festival, organized by the college’s NViSION scholar program and NVCC STEM Club, will feature live STEM demonstrations by students and faculty, family-friendly STEM activities, music, food, a reptile experience, a bounce obstacle course, tours of the campus grounds, exploration of various species of plants on campus, and lots more fun! 

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April 2, 2022 10 am - 1 pm

WATERBURY- Naugatuck Valley Community College is hosting a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 10 am – 1pm in Technology Hall on the Waterbury campus. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to see all the College has to offer. Faculty, staff, and student leaders will be on hand to talk one-on-one with students and visitors about applying to and attending NVCC.  

The event will feature information on topics including the admissions process and financial aid as well as PACT – Connecticut’s free community college program. NVCC’s Technology Hall will be the entry to the Open House with representatives from the College’s student service offices, academic divisions, Danbury campus, and non-credit programs on hand to meet and greet students and their families. 

Campus tours will be conducted throughout the event with stops at the Library, Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Student Center, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), Hospitality Management Program, the greenhouse, allied health labs, and other popular locations. 

The College recommends arriving at 10:00 am to take full advantage of the information sessions and tours. 

NVCC is excited to once again host this in-person event for prospective students who are interested in learning more about NVCC.  Blayre Millo, Associate Director of Admissions, encourages students of all ages to attend. “NVCC offers a wide variety of academic degrees and certificates on our campuses. Whether you’re just graduating from high school, thinking of going back to school, or are ready for a career change, come check out the opportunities available to you at NVCC!” 

Registration is not required.  For more information visit

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