Glenn Dubois

Glenn DuBois

Chancellor, Virginia’s Community Colleges

Glenn DuBois is a community college success story. Before ever stepping foot on campus, DuBois admits, his professional ambitions consisted of merely moving up from the kitchen to the dining area of the neighborhood restaurant he worked at after high school. However, a nagging mother and some inspiring professors saw more in him, and eventually got him to see it too.

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DuBois has been paying that forward ever since, working in community college education for more than 30 years. Today, He is the current, and second longest-serving, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges; a system of 23 colleges and 40 campuses that serve nearly 400,000 people a year.

The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges hired DuBois in the summer of 2001. Since then he has led the VCCS through two successful strategic plans, and now into a third called Complete 2021, all while enduring a roller coaster ride of unprecedented enrollment growth periods and unprecedented cuts in state funding.

Virginia’s Community Colleges, during DuBois’s tenure, have signed groundbreaking guaranteed transfer agreements with more than 30 public and private universities; become Virginia’s leading provider of workforce development services, helped Virginia close headline-grabbing economic development deals; diversified community college funding sources, re-launching a statewide foundation and doubling foundation-led private fundraising; and maintained a tuition rate that is one-third of the comparable rate at Virginia’s universities.

The Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society presented DuBois with their State Community College Award of Distinction.

Prior to coming to Virginia, DuBois built an impressive record of executive higher education leadership, including serving as the Commissioner and CEO of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System as well as the Director of Community Colleges for the State University of New York – one of America’s largest networks of community colleges.

DuBois received his doctorate in higher education administration, research and policy from the University of Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree in juvenile justice and criminology from Eastern Kentucky University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and an associate of science degree in police science from the State University of New York in Farmingdale.

The State Board

The State Board for Community Colleges is the governing body of the Virginia Community College System. Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the board’s 15 members meet six times a year to set policy for all of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

The current State Board chair is Susan Tinsley Gooden; vice chair is Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, serves as the State Board secretary and chief executive officer.

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State Board meetings are open to the public. To preview meeting agendas and/or minutes, please visit BoardDocs.

Public comment will be received at each regular meeting of the Board following the approval of minutes of the preceding meeting and prior to committee reports.

Individuals desirous of speaking before the Board must notify the Office of the Chancellor at least 5 working days prior to the scheduled meeting. All remarks before the State Board for Community Colleges must be matters germane and relevant to the agenda of the day. Written comments may be provided in lieu of speaking at the meeting, and each speaker will be limited to a 5 minute statement that will become a part of the public record.

State Board Meeting Dates FY 2020-2021

  • July 15-16, 2020
  • September 16-17, 2020
  • November 18-19, 2020
  • January 20-21, 2021
  • March 17-18, 2021
  • May 19-20, 2021

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Susan Tinsley Gooden

Susan Tinsley Gooden


Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., is dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. Gooden is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration and is past president of the American Society for Public Administration. Her books include Why Research Methods Matter (2018, Melvin and Leigh); Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government (2014, Routledge); and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (2012, Routledge). Her research has been funded by several organizations including the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC, and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Gooden has received several awards and honors including the VCU University Distinguished Faculty Service Award and Best Academic Paper Award, Northeast Conference on Public Administration, and the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Gooden was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. She has previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2016, she was appointed to the Virginia Community College System board by Governor Terence McAuliffe. Gooden earned an A.S. in Natural Science from Patrick Henry Community College, a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She received her doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Ed Dalrymple

Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr.

Vice Chair

Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr. was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Dalrymple serves as president of Chemung Contracting Corporation, Dalrymple Holding Corporation, and Cedar Mountain Stone Corporation. He serves on a variety of boards regarding Virginia transportation issues including research, quality and training. He is past president and current treasurer of the Virginia Asphalt Association, and past president and current board member of Old Dominion Contractors Association, as well as a board member of the Germanna Community College Education Foundation.

Dalrymple received a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Technology from Louisiana Polytechnical Institute of Technology and an Associate degree in Civil Technology from Broome Technical Community College in Binghamton, New York.

Nathaniel Bishop

Nathaniel Bishop

Nathaniel L. Bishop currently serves as a senior vice president of administration inside Carilion Clinic based in Roanoke.

Previously, he served as President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences from April 2010 to July 2019 when the college became part of Radford University and is now known as Radford University Carilion. Bishop has been with Carilion Clinic since November 1997 serving in various senior management roles. Prior to Carilion Clinic, he worked as a licensed long-term care administrator of continuing care retirement communities that followed a fourteen-year career in law enforcement.

He has been a member of the VCCS Board since July 2016. He is also a member of the boards of directors of GO Virginia (Region 2), Roanoke – Blacksburg Regional Airport Commission, Roanoke Regional Partnership, Local Colors and Mill Mountain Theatre. Additionally, he is a member of several church and community organizations.

Bishop earned an Associate degree in criminal justice from New River Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Radford University, a Master of Science in education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.


Adnan Bokhari 

Adnan Bokhari, CPA, CGMA, is the Chief Operating Officer at the National Immigration Law Center.

Adnan serves on NILC’s Executive Leadership Team and plays a key role implementing NILC’s strategic priorities, including advancing racial equity through organizational systems and policies. He leads the development, finance, human resources, information technology and administration teams.

Adnan has expertise in leading change and garnered a reputation for building resilient organizations.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and brings 20 years of finance and operations experience in the nonprofit sector to NILC. He most recently served as CFO and COO for a national anti-poverty organization based in Washington, DC leading the development and implementation of strategies and systems that enhance organizational sustainability and impact.

Adnan serves on several boards of several nonprofit organization. He is the first Pakistani-American to be elected as Chairman, Board of Directors of Golden Key International Honour Society, the world’s largest collegiate honor society. He also serves on the board of Virginia Community Colleges System (VCCS) appointed by the Governor of Virginia, and is Chair of the Personnel Committee of the VCCS Board.

David Broder

David E. Broder

David E. Broder currently serves as president of Service Employees International Union 512 – a 3,000-member union of home care providers, and Fairfax and Loudoun county employees, who provide quality public services to families across the commonwealth.

Broder also has an extensive background in politics, having worked for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, D.C. as a political analyst and field manager. He has also worked for a variety of high-level political campaigns in New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

He earned his bachelor’s in government and history from Cornell University.

Broder, who resides in Vienna, VA, is actively involved in his community. In addition to co-chairing the Northern Virginia Aging Network, he also serves as a board member on the Fairfax Alliance for Human Services and as executive board secretary for the New Virginia Majority.

Darren Conner

Darren Conner

A professional engineer by trade, Conner currently serves as president of Dewberry Engineers, Inc., the firm’s nationwide engineering practice. He oversees operations within 50 offices coast to coast, offering diverse services including environmental, site/civil, structural, mechanical/electrical, energy, and transportation engineering.

Conner was also responsible for the firm’s growth strategy in the Southeast leading to recognition as Engineer News Record’s 2019 Design Firm of the Year. He is a recipient of Dewberry’s Harold Williams Award – the firm’s highest honor.

In addition to leading his company’s private-sector business development initiative, Conner serves as an ambassador of both the firm and Virginia to businesses that are locating or expanding their operations in the Commonwealth.

Conner earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and his associate degree in pre-engineering from Danville Community College.

Douglas Garcia

Douglas M. Garcia

Douglas M. Garcia, of Fairfax, is a director with the Educational Testing Service, where he works to ensure implementation and successful launch of a new ETS High School Equivalency Test. Prior to that he was manager of government and external relations and also served as executive director of federal relations and outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. A graduate of James Madison University, he was assistant secretary of education for both former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and former Governor Tim Kaine and was executive assistant in the Office of Lt. Governor for Tim Kaine. He is a graduate of the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership class of 2009 and a board member of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Peggy Layne

Peggy Layne

Peggy Layne thinks of herself as a “professional volunteer.” After a 40-year career with Dominion Energy, she retired and now dedicates her energy and diverse business experience to work for organizations that make her community a better place to live.

While living in Hampton Roads, Peggy supported The Tidewater Community College’s Women’s Center Advisory Council and the school’s Educational Foundation Board.  She served on the boards of An Achievable Dream-Virginia Beach and Virginia Musical Theatre.  After moving to Richmond, Peggy continued working on the Richmond-Hampton Roads Megaregion Collaborative and joined the board of An Achievable Dream-Certified Academies. She chairs the Citizen’s Advisory Council on the Furnishing and Interpretation of the Executive Mansion.

Peggy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from George Mason University and a Master’s of Education in Human Resource Development from George Washington University.

R. J. Narang, Virginia Community College System State Board member. July 2019

RJ Narang

RJ Narang currently serves as president and CEO of Renegade Technology Systems, Inc., headquartered in McLean, VA. The company, which maintains a staff of 25 employees, provides information technology services to agencies within the federal government.

Narang also serves as a board member for Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to ensuring quality and affordable healthcare facilities for the public at large.

An avid member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Narang is also a staunch supporter of the Northern Virginia branch of RIF or Reading Is Fundamental. He frequently takes part in book distribution events and classroom readings.

Narang graduated from American University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He would return to AU to earn his master’s degree in public administration in 2018.

Richard “Major” Reynolds, Virginia Community College System State Board member

Richard S. Reynolds, III

Richard “Major” Reynolds brings a wealth of experience to the board, both as a former state legislator and prolific fundraiser.

Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1975, Reynolds was presented with the 2009 WM P Robinson, Sr. Medal by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

Throughout his career, Reynolds has chaired a variety of non-profit fundraisers to include the United Negro College Fund campaign in 1982 and more recently, the Feed More Capital Campaign in 2017.

He would go on to serve as honorary chairman of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Capital Campaign from 2006 to 2010. Reynolds would also co-chair the Civil Rights Memorial Fundraising Committee which raised $2.5 million over three years.

Reynolds currently serves as Managing Director of Reynolds Trusts. He previously worked as vice president, mergers and acquisitions at Richmond-based Robert Shaw Controls Company.

Reynolds graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1956.

Elanor Saslaw

Eleanor Saslaw

Eleanor Saslaw was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four-year term July 1, 2014.

A licensed professional counselor, she began her career as a teacher in the Fairfax County school system. She served as a school counselor and Student Services Director in the Fairfax County Public School System and taught graduate counseling courses at George Mason University.

She would later serve as president of the Virginia Counselors Association where she trained counselor lobbyists to work for educational and career education goals in Congress and the Virginia General Assembly.

In 2004, she was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education and served as its president from 2010 to 2012.

Saslaw has won numerous awards including the Friend of School Psychologists Award (2011) and Counselor of the Year (1998 and 1994). She has a master’s degree in secondary counseling and a bachelor’s degree in social studies education.

Joseph Smiddy

Dr. Joseph Smiddy

Dr. Joseph Smiddy currently serves as the medical director of St. Mary’s Health Wagon in Wise, VA. He is also a volunteer at the Church Hill Free Clinic in Church Hill, TN, and a managing partner of Pulmonary Associates in Kingsport, TN.

A former Lt. Commander with the USNR, Smiddy is credited with inventing the fiber optic intubator – a medical device used to manage blocked airways and examine the vocal cords and other upper respiratory features.

Smiddy, who wrote Famous Teaching in Modern Medicine, Bronchoscopy, earned both his bachelor’s degree and M.D. from the University of Virginia.

Smiddy and his wife Lizbeth currently reside in Church Hill, TN, although he does maintain an office in Big Stone Gap, VA. The couple has four children.

Senator Walter Stosch

Walter Stosch

Recently retired from representing nearly 200,000 residents in the 12th Senatorial District, former State Senator Walter Stosch has been a leader on numerous issues impacting all Virginians. He has been ranked in numerous years as the most effective member of the Senate and Legislator of the Year and was the only CPA serving in the General Assembly during his storied career as a state legislator.

A strong advocate for K-12 and higher education, Stosch’s legislation over the years has created thousands of jobs and made college more accessible and affordable.

Stosch earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s in business administration from the University of Richmond.

Senator Stosch is a lifelong resident of Virginia, born in Richmond County and currently resides in Henrico County. He is married to the former Eleanor Herbert of Westmoreland County. They have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Robin Sullenberger

Robin Sullenberger

Don “Robin” Sullenberger, III, retired in 2013 as CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, a regional economic development and marketing organization. A resident of Highland County, he 912served five terms on the Board of Supervisors, retiring from that role in 2011. In 2013, he was featured in Virginia Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Virginians. That same year, the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) named him a Cardinal, its most distinguished status.

Sullenberger is a graduate of Virginia Tech in Marketing and began his career as a teacher and coach in Bath County, Virginia. He later spent 10 years with Dominion Resources in various management positions, leaving in 1990 as Director of Real Estate. He currently serves as business advisor and consultant for private firms in the Shenandoah Valley and is active on several boards, including GO Virginia, Shenandoah Valley Partnership and Shenandoah Valley Workforce Board.

Sullenberger was appointed to the State Board for Virginia’s Community Colleges in 2012 by Gov. Bob McDonnell.


Terri Thompson

Terri Thompson was appointed to the State Board by Governor Ralph Northam to begin a four-year term beginning July 1, 2019.

Thompson earned her master’s degree in Science from The American College in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from Lincoln University in 1986.

Thompson currently chairs the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Health Board; a position she’s held since 2018. She is also a longtime member of the Tidewater Community College Board and a 2011 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Public Accountability

Public accountability means the obligation to answer publicly — to report, to an acceptable standard of answering, for the discharge of responsibilities that affect the public in important ways. It is the obligation to answer for a responsibility conferred.

To that end, Virginia’s Community Colleges discharge our responsibilities thoughtfully and routinely make public the resources made available to us that help fuel our decision-making processes.

Virginia Community College Expenditures

Connect to the Auditor of Public Account’s Commonwealth Data Point site for information on expenditures at Virginia’s Community Colleges by selecting each college below. Or link to its main page for an explanation of the initiative.


The Virginia’s Community Colleges System, which is comprised of 23 community colleges and a central administrative office, has established a Shared Services Center to process common administrative transactions, including Procurement Operations.

As a service within the SSC, Procurement Operations provides a unified procurement and contracting process for all of the 23 colleges in the Virginia’s Community Colleges System, as well as the System Office.  Procurement Operations consists of a team of procurement professionals focused on excellence in service, full regulatory compliance, and continuous improvement in procurement operations.

The governing documents can be found at the SSC Procurement site.

Policy Manual

The Policy Manual can be viewed on the BoardDocs system. From the public access portal in BoardDocs, please see the sections of the Policy Manual under the “Policies” tab.

The Virginia Community Colleges Policy Manual is a living document that guides the operation of all community colleges in the commonwealth.

The chancellor and State Board for Community Colleges continuously approve changes to spur innovation and maintain the highest standards of performance across the system. The most current version of the policy manual may be downloaded by selecting the link to the left and accessing the Policy Manual through the BoardDocs system.

To receive notices of policy manual updates, please contact Chris Wallace and provide your complete name and email address.

Whit Madere

Director of Internal Audit

A registered certified public accountant who’s currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education, Madere joined the VCCS as director of Internal Audit in July 2014.

He had most recently worked as assistant director in the Office of Audit and Consulting Services at the University of Texas at El Paso, and has also taught accounting at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri and auditing at Austin Community College and at St. Edward’s University, also in Austin.

Madere says he’s passionate about higher education and the opportunities it provides for students to enrich their lives and the communities they work and live in. “Joining the VCCS team gives me an opportunity to pursue my passion together with like-minded higher education academics and professionals.”

Madere holds a MBA from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.


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