INITIATIVE UPDATE: Dr. Pat Huber to Become President of New River Community College
After a national search that attracted more than 90 candidates, New River Community College (NRCC) has a new president. Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Pat Huber will become the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve as the college’s permanent president.
“I’ve known Pat for a long time and have always been impressed with her remarkable passion and dedication for the people community colleges serve,” said DuBois. “Pat has dedicated her entire career to community college education, and I know that she is going to do a terrific job as New River’s president.”
Huber began her 41-year community college career at NRCC in 1988 as an adjunct English instructor. She became a full-time assistant professor in 1992. From there, she rose through the ranks, becoming assistant division chair in 1999, dean in 2005, and vice president for instruction and student services in 2007. Huber also served as interim vice president for academic and student services at Wytheville Community College during the spring and summer of 2003.
Huber earned a doctorate in community college leadership from Old Dominion University; a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown; a bachelor’s degree from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA; and an associate degree from Wytheville Community College.
“The quality of the candidates this process produced made this decision a tough one,” said Steve Harvey, chair of the New River Community College local board. “That said, Dr. Huber has demonstrated outstanding leadership at NRCC in the past. She is focused on curriculum, certifications and credentialing, student success, and intentional engagement in the education of students. She is committed to outreach to the local businesses, school systems, and higher education facilities within the five localities serviced by NRCC. Under Dr. Huber’s guidance, NRCC will continue to be an affordable educational option to help provide the local economy an educated workforce. The board will work closely with her during her transition, and I encourage the local stakeholders to be engaged in the process.”
Huber will succeed Dr. Jack Lewis, who retired last year after serving NRCC for 42 years, including 17 as college president. Longtime Virginia community college leader, Dr. Charlie White, is currently serving at the college’s interim president.