Shelley Fortin, EdD

Associate Consultant

Shelley Fortin

Dr. Shelley Fortin consults for Ruffalo Noel Levitz and maintains her position of executive director of Community College Transfer, LLC, a firm dedicated to improving college transfer. In that role, she works with higher education partners including private colleges, community colleges, HBCUs and state entities to improve the success of transfer. Her higher education career spans over 25 years, and includes senior leadership positions at community colleges in South Carolina, Arizona, and Massachusetts.

Prior to establishing Community College Transfer, LLC in 2015, Dr. Fortin served for eight years as vice president for enrollment management and student services at Florence-Darlington Technical College (SC). During her tenure there, the college saw exceptional growth. Enrollment expanded by over 50 percent, nearly triple the average of the 16-college South Carolina Technical College System. Florence-Darlington Technical College was twice recognized by Community College Week Magazine as one of the 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation among institutions with 5,000-9,000 students.

Prior to arriving at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Dr. Fortin served for six years in one of the nation’s largest community college systems, the Pima College (AZ) multi-campus district, which enrolls more than 44,000 students annually. There, she moved from single-campus supervision to district coordination, holding responsibility for consistency of services at all campuses as well as college centers. As associate vice chancellor, she supervised enrollment planning services including admissions, financial aid, advising, high school relations, and disabled student services. Prior to that Dr. Fortin served for 13 years in the Massachusetts Community College system (MA). Her experience includes extensive work with TRIO and other federal grant programs, advising, and serving as financial aid director. 


Dr. Fortin received her EdD from The University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA), a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from American International College (MA) and her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College (MA). In 2013, she was granted a Fulbright Award to participate as one of 20 American educators in the first U.S./U.K. International Education Administrator Seminar, designed to foster collaboration with colleagues through visits to 11 universities in Great Britain and Scotland. This international experience fostered educational and cultural exchange to promote understanding and implementation of best educational practices. 

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