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Meet CEO Cheryl C. De Vonish, J.D.

Cheryl C. De Vonish was appointed as Norwalk Community College’s  Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2019.

Since 2015 Cheryl has served in a variety of leadership roles at NCC and as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Cheryl served in the role of NCC Chief Operating Officer, which included the portfolio of Dean of Administration and Director of Human Resources. Cheryl also served as NCC’s Chief Diversity & Equity Officer, and Special Advisor to the President’s Office.

Cheryl attended SUNY Binghamton, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology, and subsequently, received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.  Cheryl has been admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and brings more than 10 years of experience in public service. Prior to joining NCC, Cheryl worked as an attorney for the City of New York and served on the Department of Youth and Community Development Advisory Board.

Through her academic, professional and volunteer work, Cheryl remains committed to issues of equity, social justice and partnership with community organizations to advance diversity and inclusion at NCC.

Cheryl has partnered with CT Students for a Dream to promote the Unafraid Educators initiative and worked with the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls to support the launch of NCC’s Sister Circle initiative.

In 2015, Cheryl gave the Women of Distinction Keynote address and in May of 2017, NCC’s Student Government Association presented Cheryl with the NCC Campus Community Award for her work with, and commitment to, NCC Students.

Cheryl has served as a volunteer attorney for the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Family & Children’s Agency and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.