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For immediate Release
12.5.2013

 

 

Chancellor Glenn DuBois Names Strategic Plan Taskforce Members
~ Taskforce will work through 2014 to shape next six-year plan ~

RICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, has announced the members of the taskforce that will create the next VCCS six-year strategic plan. The group will begin working in January on a process that will last throughout 2014. The plan will succeed the current VCCS six-year strategic plan, Achieve 2015.

“I’m grateful for the leadership, experience and perspective these individuals will bring to this work,” said DuBois. “Individually, these task force members are among the star performers at their respective community colleges. Together, they are a powerful reminder of the deep well of talented higher education leaders that make our colleges such powerful resources to the communities we serve.”

The taskforce members are diverse, broadly drawn from most of Virginia’s 23 community colleges and represent all operational areas of a college, including two members of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and two students. The strategic planning taskforce members include:

Edna Baehre-Kolovani - President, Tidewater Community College
Rick Brehm - Vice President for Finance and Administration, Germanna Community College
Mikell Brown - Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, John Tyler Community College
Jeanian Clark - Vice President Of Workforce Solutions And Continuing Education, Lord Fairfax Community College
John Downey - President, Blue Ridge Community College
Charlie Errico - Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College
Angela Falconetti - Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Virginia Western Community College
Frank Friedman - President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Catherine Finnegan*- Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, System Office
Angeline Godwin - President, Patrick Henry Community College
Ghazala Hashmi - Professor of English, Reynolds Community College
Monisha Holmes - Student, Rappahannock Community College
Tim Jones - Director of Information Technology, New River Community College
Daniel Lufkin - Vice President for Student Affairs, Thomas Nelson Community College
David Nutter - Board Member, State Board
Sheri Robertson - Associate Vice President for Academic Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Robin Sullenburger - Board Member, State Board
Donna Van Cleave - Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, System Office
Armando Vega - Student, Tidewater Community College
*Finnegan is serving as the lead staff member to the taskforce.

John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will chair the taskforce. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president of Tidewater Community College, will serve as co-chair.

Today’s announcement comes at the end of DuBois’s statewide listening tour. The eight-stop fall tour gave DuBois the opportunity to hear directly from elected; community; education; and economic development and business leaders about challenges that would benefit from greater community college focus.

“Increasingly, community colleges are being looked at as the go-to place for bringing a community together and building a consensus for designing its future. That’s a new 21st century role that we are being asked to fulfill, and our community colleges are up to the task,” said DuBois.

Under the current plan, Achieve 2015, Virginia’s Community Colleges have:

•More than doubled the number of minority and first generation students served;
•Increased both graduation and transfer rates; 
•Weathered an unprecedented combination of historic budget cuts and enrollment increases;
•More than doubled the number of Virginia employers served with tools like customized training; and 
•Remained on schedule to raise more than $550 million in philanthropic gifts and grants.
 
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students a year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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NEWS RELEASE
November 19, 2013  

 
Michael A. Smith and Valley Proteins, Inc. Make Record Donation to VFCCE
$2 million gift leads Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Fundraising

RICHMOND – Michael A. Smith and Valley Proteins, Inc., the family-owned company Smith operates with his brother, Gerald F. Smith, Jr., are each donating $1 million to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). The combined $2 million gift – among the largest ever made to a foundation supporting Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) – becomes the lead gift for the foundation’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.

“We are proud to say that we were born and raised here. The people and communities of the region have contributed to our family’s company ever since our grandfather opened it for business shortly after World War II. We believe in rural Virginia. That is why we are strategically investing in a plan to help bring rural Virginia back,” said Michael A. Smith, who also serves as the chair of the VFCCE.

RURAL VIRGINIA HORSESHOE INITIATIVE

The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, which will benefit from the gift, is a partnership between 14 Virginia community colleges, their foundations and the VFCCE. The ten-year initiative will help middle class families who mistakenly believe education past high school is out of reach; foster youth who are most at-risk; and adults who failed to finish high school but need money to pay for workforce training beyond a G.E.D.

“This is a transformative gift for our young statewide foundation. It comes from an employer with deep roots in Virginia. It is a validation of what our community colleges can do to ensure Virginia companies succeed and that every Virginia family can obtain the opportunity that higher education provides,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

A LEGACY OF GENEROUS INVESTMENTS

The $2 million gift is the latest in a series of significant investments that Valley Proteins has made in the VFCCE. That includes the Valley Proteins Endowment Fund that began awarding an annual grant in 2007 to support workforce development programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges in the areas of environmental science, commercial truck driving, heating and air conditioning, and office technology in regions where the company conducts its rendering operations.

The company has also funded the VFCCE’s Valley Proteins Fellows Program for three years. The fellowships, awarded to extraordinary second-year students attending a Virginia Community College include up to $5,000 for tuition, books, fees and expenses. In addition, the Fellows Program provides recipients with the opportunity to participate in unique academic and leadership opportunities.

“We are so grateful for the generosity and leadership Mike Smith and Valley Proteins have provided our foundation,” said Jennifer Gentry, VCCS vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “With their partnership we are making a difference for families across Virginia, and giving people the skills and knowledge they need to find success. This gift continues that work in a truly significant way.”

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college.  The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through its Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu/Foundation.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 credit and non-credit students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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State Board for Community Colleges November 2013 Business Meeting

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room on the 15th floor of the James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 20, also in the James Monroe Building. The Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m.; the Facilities Committee and the Audit Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Personnel Committee meets at 3:45 p.m. An orientation session for new members will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. Agenda items for the regular business meeting on Nov. 21 include:

Academic, Student Affairs & Workforce – The State Board will consider program approvals for Central Virginia Community College to offer a new Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Electronics Technology-Computer Networking and also a new Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Technology. The board will hear reports on system-wide transfer agreements, a new mobile app for the Virginia Education Wizard, and the success of veterans in community colleges, among other reports.

Facilities – The State Board will consider approval of plans for a parking garage at John Tyler Community College and a new entrance road and sign at New River Community College, among other facilities projects. A report will be received on a feasibility study for a Varina Center for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Budget and Finance – The State Board will receive updates on the state budget development process, on achieving administrative efficiencies, and will receive the financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Personnel Committee – The State Board will consider revisions to adjunct faculty contracts and to policies on 12-month administrative and professional faculty. A report on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity will also be received.

Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Glenn DuBois will introduce Mitzi S. Reynolds, new executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, and will present a request for approval of President Emeritus. An educational presentation, “Focus on Teaching Excellence,” will be presented by Dr. Patti Lisk of Germanna Community College and Professor Callan Bentley of Northern Virginia Community College.

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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu. 

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RICHMOND – Silvia Garcia Murcia says she remembers not sleeping a wink the night before meeting John Tyler Community College (JTCC) Vice President Dr. L. Ray Drinkwater. She didn’t know what the meeting would be about but a friend told her it had to be good thing.

When she finally met with Drinkwater the next day, he asked if she would like to represent JTCC on the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia’s (SCHEV) student advisory committee. Garcia Murcia paused and then paused some more.

“I couldn’t say anything because I was in shock. “ She said. “I thought why me?” Drinkwater told her he had heard great things about her.

In addition to being a 4.0 student, Garcia Murcia, who emigrated from Guatemala four years ago, is actively involved in a variety of clubs and organizations at JTCC. That’s why she decided to accept. “It’s an honor for me to do it.”

Being appointed to the student advisory committee is no small matter. Only four students from Virginia’s 23 Community Colleges are selected each year to advise the council on systemwide issues of concern to Virginia’s college students.

"We are so proud of Silvia and are thrilled that she will be helping to represent the students of the VCCS,” said JTCC President Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller. ”Silvia's energy and enthusiasm, her desire to help others pursue their educations, her belief in community colleges, and her dedication to her goal of becoming a nurse make her a strong voice for SCHEV's Student Advisory Committee. We couldn't have better representation.”

Garcia Murcia, who turned 21 in June, says living in the Richmond area has been a great and exciting experience for her. One of the first people she met was her Great Expectations coach Vicky Muenstermann who hired a tutor to help her read and speak English. Garcia Murcia admits the first semester was kind of tough.

“I was scared to say something because I thought people might laugh at me,” she said.

But Garcia Murcia has acclimated well to college life and takes her academics very seriously. “I’m taking four classes this semester, including anatomy, “she observed. “I need a lot of time for my classes. I want to get A’s in my classes. I am a 4.0 student and I want to keep it that way.”

Great Expectations Director Anne Holton says she’s grown quite fond of Garcia Murcia. “Silvia is a remarkable young lady who I know will represent our community colleges and Great Expectations well on SCHEV’S student advisory committee. I’m delighted that she’ll have this leadership opportunity.”

Garcia Murcia will be featured in a TV commercial promoting JTCC that’s scheduled to be broadcast in the Richmond-area market beginning November 11th.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About Great Expectations: This innovative, nationally recognized program helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is offered at 17 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. For more information, please visit greatexpectations.vccs.edu.

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Richmond, Va.  – The Virginia Community College System announces that seven students in the metro Richmond region have been named as recipients of the Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship made possible by the Moses D. Nunnally, Jr. Charitable Lead Unitrust.

The following first-year community college students were awarded $5,000 each for tuition, books, fees and required supplies for their fields of study:

• Shauneal Bobb, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
• ShaQuan Houchens, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
• Adam Mandelblatt, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
• Aaron Rogerson, John Tyler Community College
• John Tivenan, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
• Kailey Washok, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
• Lyndsay Welch, John Tyler Community College

To be eligible for this new scholarship, students must be enrolled at or planning to attend J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College or John Tyler Community College on a full-time basis, as well as demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding leadership potential. The scholarship is renewable for a second year as long as students maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA at their respective community college.

“All of these exceptional students were very excited to learn that they had been selected for one of the Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholarships,” said Jennifer Gentry, Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. “The significant amount of the scholarship will enable the recipients to focus on their education instead of on financial concerns.”

For more information about the Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, visit www.vccs.edu/Foundation.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.myfuture.vccs.edu.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students. Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s Community Colleges or regions. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu/Foundation.

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State Board for Community Colleges September 2013 Business Meeting 

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges will convene its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Godwin-Hamel Board Room on the 15th floor of the James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond.

State Board Committees will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 18, also in the James Monroe Building. The Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee meet at 1:30 p.m.; the Facilities Committee and the Audit Committee meet at 3 p.m.; and the Personnel Committee meets at 3:45 p.m. Agenda items for the regular business meeting on July 17 include:

Academic, Student Affairs & Workforce – The State Board will consider adoption of the VCCS Six-Year Plan. Updates will also be received on high school career coaches; on a certificate in practical nursing at Paul D. Camp Community College; on the Workforce Enterprise System; and on an early alert system, among other reports.

Facilities – The State Board will consider approval of a master plan update for Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Campus and of schematic plans for the Workforce Development Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus. A timber sale at Patrick Henry Community College will also be considered.  Information updates on a Stafford Center Feasibility Study and overall capital outlay project reports will also be received.

Budget and Finance – The State Board will consider approval of the VCCS Six-Year Financial Plan, as well as consider approval of 2014-16 budget requests to the Governor.

Personnel Committee – The State Board will consider modifications to several policies including categories of employment and provisions for academic rank, faculty qualifications, and presidential salaries, among others. A policy on degree equivalency will also be considered.

Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Glenn DuBois will introduce two new presidents who took office this summer – Dr. Bruce Scism, Danville Community College and Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller, John Tyler Community College. DuBois will also update the board on a 2013 Strategic Planning Listening Tour that will begin at Tidewater Community College on Sept. 20. Three new State Board members join the board, including Darren Conner of Callands; James Cuthbertson of Glen Allen; and Benita Thompson-Byas of Potomac Falls. An orientation for new board members will be held at 1 p.m.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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VCCS Fall Listening Tour Begins
Statewide Strategic Planning Process
 

~ This plan will carry the VCCS into the next decade ~

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges want to hear from you as they begin building their next statewide strategic plan. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the VCCS, will conduct a series of listening tour sessions beginning later this month. Business, community, K-12 education and elected leaders are invited to participate in these sessions. Community college students will participate in separate, parallel sessions.

“Two out of every three jobs available in Virginia will require more than a high school education before the year 2020,” said DuBois. “It’s important for us to hear about what that means in these communities and how our colleges can help prepare people for that reality.”

This process will create the third strategic plan of DuBois’ tenure as chancellor. The next plan will begin in 2016 and carry through the beginning of the next decade. Like the two earlier plans, the next strategic plan will focus on meeting the external needs of the people, employers and communities Virginia’s Community Colleges serve through measurable goals.

A taskforce, charged with drafting plan, will begin working in 2014. John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will chair the panel. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president of Tidewater Community College, will serve as co-chair. Virginia community college leaders from across the state, who will be named later this year, will make up the rest of the panel.  

Scheduled listening tour sessions include:

Friday, September 20          10:30 a.m.       Tidewater Community College
                                                                                    Virginia Beach Campus

Tuesday, November 12         10:30 a.m.       Northern Virginia Community College
                                                                                    Annandale Campus

Thursday, November 14       10:00 a.m.       Virginia Western Community College

Thursday, November 14       2:30 p.m.         Danville Community College

Wednesday, December 4      10:30 a.m.       Virginia Highlands Community College

Wednesday, December 4      2:30 p.m.         Blue Ridge Community College

Thursday, December 5          10:00 a.m.       J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
                                                                             Parham Road Campus

Under the current plan, Achieve 2015, Virginia’s Community Colleges have more than doubled the number of minority and first generation students served; increased both graduation and transfer rates; weathered an unprecedented combination of historic budget cuts and enrollment increases; and more than doubled the number of Virginia employers served with tools like customized training.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students a year.  For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Governor McDonnell has appointed three new members to the State Board for Community Colleges for 2013 – 2014.

James Cuthbertson

A native of Scotland, Cuthbertson has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He is a graduate of Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. 

Cuthbertson is also a decorated Vietnam War veteran. In addition to three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Star medals, he was awarded the Silver Star- the nation’s third highest award for bravery.

Cuthbertson concluded his two-year term as chairman of the college board of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in June.

Darren Conner PE

A professional engineer by trade, Conner currently serves as President of Dewberry Engineers, Inc.’s southeast region. He directs a multi-disciplined staff of 175 professionals in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In 2000, Conner received the Harold Williams Award – Dewberry’s highest honor.

Conner earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and his associate’s degree in pre-engineering from Danville Community College.

Throughout his career, Conner has directed numerous operations that have contributed to the economic vitality of southside Virginia.

Benita Thompson-Byas

Thompson-Byas joined Thompson Hospitality in 1992 where she worked in the Operations Department before advancing to the position of VP of Marketing for the company’s contract and food service accounts.

In her current role, Thompson-Byas oversees all aspects of Thompson Hospitality’s strategic partnership with Compass Group, including operational responsibility for more than 600 dining centers in 46 states.

Thompson-Byas earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.

Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the board’s 15 members meet six times a year to set policy for all of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

 

 

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