Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President, Greenfield Community College, a recognized thought leader, writing and speaking on issues related to reinventing higher education, rural innovation, equity, and women’s leadership. She will be a panelist in our April 2021 Launching Women Luncheon.
Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández
Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández is a passionate, entrepreneurial, and future-focused college president who has led three different institutions in suburban and rural settings in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She is currently the President of Greenfield Community College located in beautiful rural western Massachusetts. In addition to leading open access colleges, Dr. Salomon-Fernández has served in varied roles at selective private, public, and urban research universities. Yves is a nationally recognized thought leader in higher education who is inspired by the challenges and possibilities inherent in the future and in re-imagining higher education and community colleges for relevancy in the new economic realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Respected around the globe, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez is a multi-lingual scholar and adjunct faculty member working with students and colleagues to transform colleges, making them more equitable and adaptive for a changing future of work. Yves is a staunch promoter of a transdisciplinary approach to higher education and believes in education for local citizenship with a global impact. Internationally, Yves has served with the United Nations in Mexico and as a consultant for the Bermuda Ministry of Education. In March 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Salomon-Fernández one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education.
Dr. Salomon-Fernández believes in service to her community and the academy. She has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and Johns Hopkins University Press and is a member of the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Small and Rural Colleges. Yves also sits on Job for the Future’s Policy Leadership Trust. A Corporator for Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Salomon-Fernández is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Council. She serves as Board member for Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Mass Humanities both located in Northampton, Massachusetts. In March 2021, Dr. Salomon-Fernández begins her term as a member of the Board of the American Council on Education.
A graduate of Boston Latin School, Yves received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and holds a certificate from the University of Oxford. Her Master’s degree is from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. from Boston College. In addition to Haitian Creole, Dr. Salomon-Fernández is fluent in French and Spanish. She is the proud mom of Zavier and Ziomara, and spouse of Dr. Stephen Fernández, an MIT-trained engineer.