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.