Dr. Larissa Ruiz Baía brings 20 years of higher education experience to her work as President of Lakes Region Community College (LRCC). She began working at LRCC in July of 2012 as Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management. Prior to LRCC, she worked in higher education administration at both private and public institutions. Dr. Baía has also been an adjunct instructor in Comparative Politics and International Relations.
Dr. Baía serves on a variety of committees and boards, including the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Belknap Economic Development Council and the Granite United Way. Some of her professional interests are in the areas of student success, equity and inclusion, workforce pathways, adult learners and immigrant and refugee advocacy.
Dr. Baía received a Bachelors in Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters in Latin American Studies and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida. She was born to Dominican parents on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. She lives in Concord, NH with her husband, Carlos, and two children, Tatiana and Jonas.