GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Community College is welcoming its 10th president, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez.

Salomon-Fernandez was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was 12 years-old. She previously served as president of Cumberland County College in New Jersey.

“It is as if the stars have aligned,” Salomon-Fernandez said. “The totality of my experiences as a student and professional has perfectly prepared me for this moment. I have been in community colleges, resource-rich institutions, public research institutions, elite academic institutions. Each has helped me understand who we are, who we are becoming, who we aspire to be as institutions and a society. As higher education professionals, we want our students to discover who they can be. We help them continue on their journey to discovering and fulfilling their potential.”

Salomon-Fernadez said her first goal is to get to know her colleagues at the college and spend time in the community. She succeeds Bob Pura, who retired in June.