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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. The finalists were among 102 applicants from across the nation.

The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Genene D. LeRosen of Glen Allen, VA; Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis of Tallahassee, FL; and Dr. Paula P. Pando of Atlantic Heights, NJ.

“The Reynolds Community College presidency is attracting a talented collection of leaders from across the country,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “That’s no surprise. The college plays an important role in a community that is both growing and increasingly vibrant. The college has some promising initiatives on the horizon, like its culinary arts institute under construction in Church Hill, that makes this an exciting time for the institution as well as the people and businesses it serves.”

Dr. Genene D. LeRosen has worked in education for 35 years, starting as a business and adult education teacher in Henrico County, VA in 1983. LeRosen moved to the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987, serving as a senior budget analyst and later as the assistant to the provost for academic planning. In 1991, she joined the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) as an academic affairs coordinator, rising to senior level. LeRosen joined Northern Virginia Community College in 1997, serving as a division chair for workforce technologies. She became a special assistant to the chancellor at the Virginia Community College System Office in 2000 before joining Reynolds Community College in 2003, where she continues to serve at the college’s executive vice president. LeRosen earned a doctorate from the College of William & Mary; a master’s degree from Virginia State University; and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. She began her career as a psychology faculty member at Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1988. She moved to the Central Campus of Houston Community College in 1992 where she became the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department chair. Moore-Davis began working at Lone Star College in Houston in 2003, serving first as the dean of business, math, communications and CIT, and then later as the college’s vice president for instruction. She currently serves as the provost of Tallahassee Community College, a position she has held since 2015. Over the past decade, Moore-Davis has also worked as an online instructor, teaching classes at both Lone Star College and the University of Houston. Moore-Davis earned a doctorate from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; a master’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX; and a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Dr. Paula P. Pando has worked in higher education for more than 21 years. She began her career in 1994 as the director of campus activities and programs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Beginning in 2000, Pando worked as a consultant for a New York firm, facilitating sensitivity and diversity training, among other topics. In 2003, she joined Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, NJ, as the associate dean for student services. She has since risen through the ranks, holding three different vice presidencies, including her current role as senior vice president for student and educational services. In 2017, Pando was among 38 leaders from across the country selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous 10 month applied leadership program. Pando holds a doctorate from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; a master’s degree from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ; and bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ.

The three finalists seek to succeed Dr. Gary Rhodes, the college’s third president, who will retire on September 1 after serving in that role for 16 years. The finalists will each visit the college in the middle of May to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

Serving more than 16,000 students annually, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is the youngest and among the largest of 23 community colleges in Virginia. The college operates three campuses serving residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va.

The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 1 percent and 3 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to further actions of the General Assembly. The community colleges would use the revenue generated from the tuition increase to pay for:

•Increased state employee fringe benefit costs;
•Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
•Technology infrastructure upgrades;
•Contractual obligations; and
•Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student success.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Virginians taking advantage of a new state grants program for workforce training are graduating and being hired into careers that typically increase their take-home pay between 25 percent and 50 percent, and even higher in some cases. Those statistics represent a first look at the wage data of those who used Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credentials Grants to earn FastForward credentials at a Virginia Community College.

“Businesses are lining up to hire workers with the right skills, and the salary increases are transforming the lives of Virginia families,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

PROMISING EARLY NUMBERS
Since the program’s inception, some 4,500 Virginians have used the grants to earn credentials in about 40 high-demand occupations. The average grant recipient is 36 years old, with an annual salary of $22,000 upon entering the program. Two out of three are new to community college education; and 20 percent received some form of public assistance in the year before the grants program began.

Early indicators show welders are seeing some of the biggest increases, up 50 percent. Manufacturers (31 percent), commercial truck drivers (33 percent), and healthcare administrators (23 percent) represent occupations with strong income growth. Construction and power line workers, and certified nursing assistants are also showing strong gains.

Wage analysis compares the program participant’s income before entering a program and the annualized salary earned for two or more quarters after earning a credential. Researchers say wage data from additional program graduates will allow for deeper analysis of these and other occupations.

SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS
“The success of Virginia’s Workforce Credentials Grants has surpassed even our most optimistic expectations,” noted Del. Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), sponsor of the House of Delegates legislation to enact the program. “This program is changing lives and transforming our workforce as a result.”

“Those with certifications have quickly found employment with family-supporting wages,” said state Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), sponsor of the state Senate legislation. “And we expect each reporting period will yield further results. This is a win for employers and students.”

Virginia’s median income for those 25 and older stood at $42,000 in 2016, which represents a 2.1 percent increase from 2014, and a 4.8 percent increase from 2012. As the program name suggests, FastForward credentials are among the quickest way for an individual to elevate his or her career prospects.

CRUCIAL TO BUSINESSES
“We are pleased to see that the FastForward program is off to a successful start,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “The availability of high-demand credential and degree programs is crucial to the businesses who employ these workers and to growing our economy. We look forward to working with public policy leaders to build on the program’s capacity.”

“Demand is high among both the businesses looking to fill these jobs, and the individuals seeking opportunity,” said DuBois. “The beauty of the program’s pay-for-performance nature is that money is spent only when results are achieved. This is a direct investment in Virginia’s workforce, and a boost for its competitiveness.”

MEETING GREATER DEMAND
The Virginia General Assembly created the grants program in 2016, allocating $12.5 million for the program’s first two years. The pay-for-performance program sold out early each year, exhausting the grant funding. The 2018 introduced biennial budget included $9.5 million for the grants in each of the next two years. Concerned over the high demand for the grants, business leaders and community college officials are working with legislators to further increase the funding.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About FastForward: A high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need, FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career for 40 different occupations. State grants and other forms of financial assistance may be available for program applicants. For more information, please visit www.FastForwardVa.org.

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RICHMOND – Students at Virginia’s Community Colleges are earning more credits and credentials and faster thanks to a statewide redesign of the colleges’ developmental education offerings. The State Board for Community Colleges received those findings in a report, conducted by the VCCS’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, during the Board’s January meeting.

Developmental education classes in English and mathematics prepare individuals for college-level work, but do not count as college credit necessary to obtain a degree or certificate. The institutional challenge is to ensure that students receive the appropriate amount of support to succeed academically in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

“There is nothing easy about this kind of redesign work. The credit goes to the hundreds of faculty, staff members and administrators from across Virginia who committed seemingly endless hours to accomplish the goal of helping our students be better prepared and thus more successful,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Prior to 2011, Virginia’s Community Colleges placed more than half of their entering students into developmental education classes. Results indicated that this approach was hindering rather than helping students; too many were failing to advance beyond that developmental education placement and go on to college-level courses.

Community college educators created Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) for both subjects to increase the accuracy of student placement. Since the VPT-Math test usage began, the number of students placing into developmental courses dropped from 37 percent to 27 percent. In English, the reduction was greater, going from 29 percent of entering students to 16 percent. The largest drop occurred among students who placed into developmental courses for both subject areas. That rate dropped by half, from 16 percent to 8 percent.

Since the 2011 redesign work, more students are completing college-level math and English in their first semester – an important predictor of a student’s likelihood of completing a degree. That number has increased by nearly 84 percent.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are also seeing more first-time-in-college (FTIC) students earn college credits faster since the redesign work. Before 2011, a quarter of those students completed at least 12 credits in their first semester. That number jumped to 37 percent last year.

Finally, more students are earning degrees faster since the redesign. Since the redesign, the number of program-placed students earning an associate degree in three or fewer years increased by 20 percent.

“Although we have more distance to cover before reaching our goals,” said Dr. Sharon Morrissey, vice chancellor, Academic Services & Research, “I am incredibly proud of the progress to date. I am grateful for the effort from an outstanding group of people dedicated to helping improve our students’ college experiences.”

Virginia’s Community Colleges continue to seek ways to improve student success, including its developmental education offerings. By helping students realize their educational goals as efficiently as possible, we save tuition dollars, financial aid support, taxpayer resources and student time.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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Richmond – Glenn Dubois, the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges made the following statement today regarding the timing of the search for the next permanent president of Eastern Shore Community College:

“After discussions with senior staff and the local board chair of Eastern Shore Community College, I am delaying the search for the institution’s next permanent president

“The college is about to undergo its 10-year review for reaffirmation and accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This arduous process will consume a great deal of faculty and staff effort and attention not already focused on the students the college now serves. Now is not a preferred time to subject the Eastern Shore Community College to such an important and involved national search for its next president in the midst of the accreditation process.

“Just after Thanksgiving, I appointed Dr. Billy Greer to serve as ESCC’s interim president. He begins on January 22 and is working well through the transition process with President Thomas-Glover. Dr. Greer’s passion for and experience with the Eastern Shore community are not the only reasons I hired him. Dr. Greer’s impressive career, which includes three college presidencies, also includes a great deal of successful experience with SACSCOC accreditation processes. I am confident in his ability to work with staff and the board to provide the leadership that is most integral to lead the college through this review successfully.”

About Virginia’s Community Colleges
Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced today that Dr. Kim Blosser is the next president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Blosser’s selection follows a nationwide search that took six months, and attracted more than 100 candidates.

Blosser, who currently works as LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, will become the institution’s fifth permanent president on or before February 1, 2018. She succeeds Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy who is retiring.

“Kim has been a rising star in our college system,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “On numerous occasions, I’ve asked Kim to provide statewide leadership on issues facing all 23 of our colleges. She’s energetic, compassionate and focused. I’m confident she’ll be highly effective as president of LFCC.”

"After a national search that initially included 100 applicants, the Lord Fairfax Community College Advisory Board is happy to welcome Dr. Kim Blosser as president of Lord Fairfax Community College,” said Fran Jeffries, chair of the college’s Board. “The board feels that Dr. Blosser's experience and commitment position her to continue the successful leadership provided by Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy. We look forward to working with Dr. Blosser as we continue to provide learning opportunities within the LFCC service area.”

Blosser began her career in 1996 as a high school teacher in Staunton, VA. In 1998, she transitioned into higher education, taking on the role of associate professor and then dean at Blue Ridge Community College. In 2012, Blosser was named associate vice president of instruction at LFCC and was promoted to vice president of academic and student affairs three years later.

Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill — the college serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities include the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – Southwest Virginia Community College has a new president. Dr. Thomas F. Wright, currently of Cleveland, TN, will become the institution’s third permanent president. His first day of work will be January 8, 2018. Wright’s selection concludes a national search that attracted 83 applicants and took six months to complete. 

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“Thomas Wright is an impressive higher education leader who really connects with the people and the culture of Southwest Virginia,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “His selection is the result of a competitive process that attracted a great deal of talent. We are eager to see what he accomplishes when he begins at the college next month.” Wright has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. He currently serves as vice president for finance and advancement at Cleveland State Community College, as well as the executive director of the college’s education foundation. Wright previously served as the college’s interim vice president for academic affairs.

 Prior to that, Wright worked for a decade at Appalachian State University, rising to the position of director of housing operations. He began his higher education career at Middle Tennessee State University where he served in several roles including interim assistant dean of students. He earned a doctorate from Tennessee State University, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

“Our college’s local board was impressed and delighted to see the talent that this competitive search process brought to our college,” said Peggy Lowe, chair of the Southwest Virginia Community College local board. “This wasn’t an easy decision. Each of the four finalist who came to campus had something special to offer. We are excited to work with Dr. Wright. He displays a firm grasp of the challenges and opportunities that are unique to our region, and we are eager to see what the college can do under his leadership.”

Wright will succeed Dr. Mark Estepp, who is retiring from the college’s presidency after serving in that role since 2007. 

Southwest Virginia Community College, founded in 1968 and located outside Richlands, VA, is a comprehensive two-year college serving approximately 3,200 students annually from the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell, and Tazewell.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.###

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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at Lord Fairfax Community College. The finalists were among 102 applicants from across the nation.

The four finalists, in alphabetical order (left to right in photo above), are Dr. Kimberly P. Blosser of Stanley, VA; Dr. Annesa Cheek of Dayton, OH; Dr. Julie Leidig of Centreville, VA; and Dr. J. Michael Thomson of Highland Hills, OH.

“The Lord Fairfax Community College presidency is appealing to an impressive group of community college leaders from around the country,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The focus our colleges place on student success, our innovative approaches to providing short-term workforce training, and our stability make us attractive to high-performing education leaders seeking their next career step.” 

Dr. Kimberly P. Blosser has worked in education for more than 21 years – all but three of those in community college education. Blosser began her community college career at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA as an associate professor in 1998. She advanced through several roles at BRCC, culminating in the title dean and chief information officer. In 2012, Blosser moved to Lord Fairfax Community College, where she currently works as the institution’s vice president of academic and student affairs. Blosser earned a doctorate and master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL; and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Dr. Annesa Cheek has worked in higher education for 11 years, working at Sinclair Community College where she began as the assistant to the college’s president. She later worked as deputy manager of a successful campaign to pass a countywide funding measure before becoming the college’s senior director of advancement. After a doctoral internship at the University of Texas, Cheek returned to Sinclair as the president’s chief of staff. She became the college’s vice president for student financial services in 2012. Cheek became the college’s vice president for school and community partnerships two years later.  Cheek earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin; a master’s degree from the University of Dayton; and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University.

Dr. Julie Leidig has worked in education for 33 years, including 27 years in higher education. After teaching English in Japan for five years, Leidig began her higher education career at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, holding several part-time positions while pursuing her master’s degree. She went on to become an adjunct faculty member there before becoming a program director at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1996. Leidig held several positions there over eight years, culminating with her role as director of instructional programs. In 2004, she became the vice president of instruction at Lone Star College – Montgomery in Conroe, TX. Leidig moved to the Loudon Campus of Northern Virginia Community College in 2010, where she continues to serve as the campus provost. Leidig earned a doctorate, and two master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin; and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

Dr. J. Michael Thomson has nearly 40 years of higher education experience. He currently serves as college vice president and Eastern Campus president at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. Thomson began his career as an assistant professor at Ouachita Baptist University. He later worked at the University of Cincinnati as a liaison with local governments. He spent 20 years at Northern Kentucky University, in several roles, culminating in the positon of department chair. Thomson has worked at Cuyahoga Community College since 2005, rising to his current position in 2013. Thomson earned a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

The four finalists seek to succeed Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, the college’s fourth president, who will retire on February 1 after serving in that role for nine years. The finalists will each visit the college in December to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members. 

Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the college serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities include the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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~ Search Begins for ESCC’s Next Permanent President ~

RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that he is appointing an interim president to lead Eastern Shore Community College following the retirement of its current president early next year.

Dr. Billy Greer begins work on January 22, 2018. Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, who has served as the college’s president since 2009, recently announced that she is retiring in January. DuBois further announced the search for the college’s next permanent president will begin immediately, and will take approximately six months to complete.

Greer retired as the president of Virginia Wesleyan College in 2015, a position he held for some 22 years. Prior to that, Greer served as the president of two different small colleges: Brevard College in North Carolina and Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA.

“Billy Greer has the experience and community familiarity to help us as the interim president of Eastern Shore Community College,” said DuBois. “His resume includes presidencies at three different higher education institutions. We have every reason to believe that Dr. Greer will maintain the standard of leadership to which the college has grown accustomed as we conduct a national search to find ESCC’s next permanent president.”

Greer was a visiting scholar at the Princeton Theological Seminary and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges and on the Commission on Campus Concerns of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He holds a doctorate from Georgia State University and a doctorate from Emory University; a master’s degree from Drew University; and a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University.

“This is a terrific opportunity, and I’m excited to have it,” said Greer. “My family and I have long loved the Eastern Shore. It’s a special place for us and I view this as a chance to give something back to the Shore. Dr. Thomas-Glover has been a tremendous leader for the college, and we’re going to miss her greatly. It’s a privilege to have the chance to follow behind her and keep the college moving in the right direction.”

Eastern Shore Community College is a member of the Virginia Community College System and serves the residents of Accomack and Northampton Counties as a two-year institution of higher education. Originally a branch of the University of Virginia, ESCC joined the Virginia Community College System in 1971. The college was accredited and granted membership in the Southern Association of College Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 1973 and moved to its current location in 1974.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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RICHMOND – An ad hoc committee of The State Board for Community Colleges will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Provost Conference Room in the Bisdorf Building on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College at 5000 Dawes Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311. The phone number is 703-933-1421.

One member of the committee will be participating by phone from an office location at 3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 106, Fairfax, VA 22030. 

The purpose of the meeting is to certify the candidates for the Presidency of Lord Fairfax Community College.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Kraus, jkraus@vccs.edu, 804-592-6767.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 300,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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