STLCC announces new leadership role for chief operations officer
St. Louis Community College has established a new leadership role for chief operations officer and filled the position from among its administrative team.
Hart Nelson will serve as chief operations officer. He is currently the associate vice chancellor, Workforce Solutions Group.
Nelson has more than 25 years of career experience in public policy, government relations, intelligence and information technology. As chief operations officer, he will be responsible for operations of the College to include strategic planning and management for facilities and new construction projects, information technology, process improvement and workforce development.
Nelson joined STLCC in 2018 as associate vice chancellor, Workforce Solutions Group. In that capacity, he is the lead for economic and workforce development, is responsible for managing continuing professional development and personal enrichment education, as well as managing entrepreneurial initiatives that reflect the needs of local, regional and national employers.
His professional career experience includes roles as vice president of public policy for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, an intelligence officer with the United States Navy Reserve, and an information technology architect with IBM. As a volunteer, he is board chair of Citizens for Modern Transit and vice chair of the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.
Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and mass communication from University of California-Berkeley, and master’s degrees in business administration and information management from Washington University in St. Louis.
“I’m very honored to be able to continue my work at St. Louis Community College in this new role. I look forward to working with my incredible colleagues to make STLCC a model institution and to make it easier for our students to find a pathway to the career they want,” said Nelson.
The new position is effective Jan. 3.
“I am excited to welcome Hart Nelson to the new role of chief operations officer,” said Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D., chancellor, St. Louis Community College. “Hart brings more than two decades of leadership - most recently as associate vice chancellor of Workforce Solutions Group - to the College. He is uniquely qualified to help accelerate and drive the strategic prioritization of STLCC Transformed and reinforce the College’s mission to expand minds, change lives and empower students.”