Veteran Community College Leader Named Interim President of Danville Community College
RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that he is naming Dr. Betty Jo Foster as the interim president of Danville Community College (DCC), effective at the beginning of 2019.
Foster is a familiar face throughout the Danville region having worked at DCC for 36 years before retiring as the college’s academic vice president in 2004. She has also served stints as the interim president of Central Virginia Community College, in Lynchburg, and as the interim president and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
“Betty Jo has earned a reputation as an outstanding leader in both higher education and in the business community,” said DuBois. “She is strongly-positioned to keep the college focused on our students as we move forward and launch our national search for the college’s next permanent president.”
Foster began as a DCC professor in 1971. She ascended through the college’s ranks, becoming its vice president for academic and student services in 1993 – a position she held through her retirement in 2004. She served as the interim president of CVCC for six months in 1998. Beginning in August 2017, she served as the interim president and CEO of the Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for five months. Foster holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University; a master’s degree from Virginia Tech; and a doctorate from NOVA University.
“I consider this opportunity to be both an honor and a privilege. It’s like coming home,” said Foster. “So much of my professional life has occurred on the campus of DCC. I appreciate the chance to return there once again and work with the faculty, staff, and students that make it such a special place. I believe the college is in a strong position and will attract terrific candidates in the next presidential search.”
Foster replaces Dr. Bruce Scism who announced in September that he is retiring at the end of the calendar year after more than five years as DCC president.
A national search will begin in early 2019 to hire the next DCC president. That process typically takes six to nine months to complete.
About Danville Community College: Founded in 1966, Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the statewide Virginia Community College System. DCC’s service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. For more information about the college’s more than 100 programs of study, visit www.danville.edu.
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 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications