Mary Rittling
Senior Fellow

Higher Ed

  • Mobility
  • Completion by design
  • Community colleges
  • Achievement gap
  • Low-income students
  • Mobility
  • Finance and funding
  • Enrollment
  • State policy
  • Leadership search

Mary Rittling is a senior fellow at the College Excellence Program, focusing on the preparation of the next generation of community college leaders. Rittling previously served as president of Davidson County Community College in Lexington, North Carolina, from 2003 until 2018, shepherding the institution to national recognition from organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their efforts to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for students, particularly those from low-income families. Prior to her DCCC presidency, she served four years as regional vice president of West Virginia University, then as president of Potomac State College of West Virginia University, and finally as a senior administrator at the State University of New York at Delhi. She completed the Harvard University Institute for New Presidents and earned a doctor of education degree in higher and adult education from Columbia University.