Virginia lawmakers honor VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois for his more than two decades of service to the commonwealth

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Virginia lawmakers paused from their legislative endeavors this week to pay tribute to VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, who will retire at the end of June after 21 years at the helm of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

DuBois being honored“Chancellor Dubois stands as a fearless and determined advocate for the power of education in this democracy,” said State Senator Ghazala Hashmi, introducing DuBois on the floor of the Senate March 9. “Community colleges are the workhorse of our workforce development program.  Community colleges open the doors to higher education for people who could never have imagined it to be a possibility,” she added.

Sen. Hashmi, a former faculty member at Reynolds Community College, was primary sponsor of a resolution approved by both chambers of the General Assembly.  The measure noted that during DuBois’ tenure, more than a half-million students had earned a degree, certificate or postsecondary credential at Virginia’s Community Colleges.

The resolution reads, in part, “Glenn DuBois learned first-hand as a student that community colleges help people earn the right skills and knowledge so that lives and communities are strengthened, and he dedicated his entire professional career to advancing that mission, becoming the longest-serving chancellor in the history of the Virginia Community College System.”

DuBois receiving awardDuBois received a standing ovation in the Virginia Senate Chambers and Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears presented him with a framed copy of the congratulatory resolution.

“I can still remember my first day in this business, and even though it was 46 years ago, it seems like it was just two months ago,” said DuBois after the ceremony.  “This work has been like my life’s oxygen.  The best thing that’s happened to me is working with the people around me.  It’s been a great career.”

group photo with DuBoisDuBois’ wife, Carol and daughter, Maris, joined him along with close family friends during his visit to the State Capitol.

You can read the full text of the General Assembly’s resolution honoring Dr. DuBois.

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