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State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for Three Presidencies: Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville and John Tyler Community Colleges – 4.15.13

State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for Three Presidencies:

Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville and John Tyler Community Colleges

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia; at Danville Community College in Danville; and at John Tyler Community College in Chester and Midlothian.

Finalists for the presidency at Dabney S. Lancaster include the following:

Dr. John J. Rainone is currently dean of institutional advancement at York County Community College, in Wells, Maine, a position he has held since 1999. Previously he had served as interim chief financial officer/administration at York County Community College in 2004 and also as interim dean of academic programs in 1999. Prior to that, he was dean of professional development and business services at York County Community college and assistant dean of community education and workforce development at New Hampshire Technical College, now Manchester Community College. Dr. Rainone holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Mark A. Smith is currently vice president for educational services and chief academic officer at Temple College in Temple, Texas, a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as associate vice president for distance education at Temple from 2006-2010 and was director of student affairs and distance learning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, Mississippi from 2003-2006, where he had also served as distance learning coordinator, software manager and workforce training coordinator.  He holds a doctorate from Capella University in Minneapolis, a master’s in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and associate’s degrees from the Community College of the Air Force and from Fort Steilacoom Community College (now Pierce college) in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. Charles D. Terrell is currently president of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, West Virginia, a position he has held since 2010. He was previously vice president of workforce development and lifelong learning at Virginia Western Community College from 2005-2010 and was associate professor and director of workforce development and continuing education at Southside Virginia Community College. He had first joined Southside as a student services assistant in 1985 and also served as a counselor and instructor there. He holds a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree from Longwood University and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University.

Finalists for Danville Community College include the following:

Dr. Bruce R. Scism is currently vice president of academic affairs at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, a position he has held since 2008. He served as interim president at Volunteer State from October 2011 to May 2012. He was chief academic officer at Lee College, a comprehensive community college in Baytown, Texas from 2006-2008, where he directed academic affairs including transfer, technical/vocational programs, and workforce development.  Previously he served as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., (2002-2006) and as associate vice president –instructional technology at Triton College (2001-2002). He was coordinator of the Illinois Prairie Higher Education Consortium and the Illinois Prairie Internet Consortium from 1999-2001, and served as director of virtual learning at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., from 1998-2000. He has a doctorate from the University of Illinois; as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Dr. Mark A. Smith is currently vice president for educational services and chief academic officer at Temple College in Temple, Texas, a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as associate vice president for distance education at Temple from 2006-2010 and was director of student affairs and distance learning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, Mississippi from 2003-2006, where he had also served as distance learning coordinator, software manager and workforce training coordinator.  He holds a doctorate from Capella University in Minneapolis, a master’s in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and associate’s degrees from the Community College of the Air Force and from Fort Steilacoom Community College (now Pierce college) in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. William Stoy is currently serving as special assistant to the president at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Georgia, a new university created in January 2013 with the merger of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College. He was previously president at Middle Georgia College from 2008-2013. Prior to that he was vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty and professor of biology at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia from 1999-2008. He served as chair of the science and mathematics division and as associate professor of biology at Darton College in Albany, Georgia, from 1989-1999, and also taught at Bismarck State College from 1978-1989. He has a doctorate from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota; a master’s degree from Miami University; a bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in Covington, Kentucky; and an associate’s degree from Bismarck Junior College.

Dr. Richard Penny is currently vice chancellor for advancement and external relations at the University of Washington-Bothell, a position he has held since 2008. Previously he served as interim executive director of advancement for the Seattle Community College District and as interim executive director at the Seattle Community College District Foundation at Seattle Community College from 2007-2008. He was executive director of fund development at Seattle Community College, and executive director of the foundation, from 2003-2007. He holds a doctorate in psychology and neurobiology from Duke University, an MBA from City University in Seattle and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University.

Finalists for John Tyler Community College include the following:

Dr. Edward Raspiller is currently president of the Brazos County Campuses at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, a position he has held since 2010. He was previously at Old Dominion University in Norfolk where he was a department chair in educational foundations and leadership from 2009-2010 and was graduate program director of the Community College Leadership Program from 2006-2010. Prior to that he was interim president at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin in 2006 and also vice president of Learning Innovations there from 2003-2006. He also served as dean of technical and workforce education at Blinn College and held positions at Texas State Technical College, Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as a bachelor’s degree from Governors State University and an associate’s degree from the College of DuPage.

Dr. William Stoy is currently serving as special assistant to the president at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Georgia, a new university created in January 2013 with the merger of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College. He was previously president at Middle Georgia College from 2008-2013. Prior to that he was vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty and professor of biology at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia from 1999-2008. He served as chair of the science and mathematics division and as associate professor of biology at Darton College in Albany, Georgia, from 1989 to 1999, and also taught at Bismarck State College from 1978-1989. He has a doctorate from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota; a master’s degree from Miami University; a bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in Covington, Kentucky; and an associate’s degree from Bismarck Junior College.

Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is currently president at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown and Warrenton, a position she has held since 2009. Prior to that appointment she was president at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, Virginia, from 2006 to 2009. Previously she served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 2002-2005 and as college dean for academic and student affairs at Mississippi Gulf Coast from 1997-2001. She has also held administrative and faculty positions in business and technology at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio; and served as director of academic and student affairs at Kent State University, Geauga Campus, in Burton, Ohio. She has a doctorate from the University of Sarasota (now Argosy University), in Sarasota, Florida and an MBA, a master’s of educational administration, and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Candidates will attend college interviews at each of the three community colleges; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make the appointments in May.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit myfuture.vccs.edu.