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

Get a list of State Board responsibilities.

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

See below for 2021 meeting details.


State Board Meeting Dates  2021-2022

  • March 17-18, 2021
  • May 19-20, 2021
  • July 21-22, 2021
  • September 22-23, 2021
  • November 17-18, 2021
  • January 19-20, 2022
  • March 16-17, 2022
  • May 18-19, 2022

To access a downloadable agenda, and see electronic meeting links, please visit:$file/State%20Board%20Strategic%20Planning%20Retreat.pdf

To download Electronic Meetings FOIA Council Public Comment Form, please visit:

State Board Meeting – 1/20-21/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)

Academics/Workforce Committee
Budget/Finance Committee
Audit Committee
Facilities Committee
Personnel Committee
State Board

State Board Meeting – 11/18-11/19
Committee Meetings (recorded)

Academics/Workforce Committee
Budget/Finance Committee
Audit Committee
Facilities Committee
Personnel Committee
State Board


Committees of Virginia’s State Board for Community Colleges will hold electronic committee meetings on September 16, 2020, in accordance with � 2.2-3708.2 of the Code of Virginia and Chapter 1283 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, in preparation for the regular Board meeting on September 17, 2020.
If a meeting is interrupted by a technical problem, the public may notify the Virginia Community College System by calling 804-819-4799.
These are open meetings; however, the board committees will not receive public comment.
Members of the public may witness these meetings via links found on the attachment under the “Opening” tab in the agenda.

Electronic Meetings FOIA Council Public Comment Form

For more information, please contact Rose Marie Owen

Board Agenda Management System (“Board Docs”)

Ed Dalrymple

Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr.


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

Vice Chair

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.

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Dana Beckton

As chief diversity officer for Sentara Healthcare, Dana Beckton develops and activates the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Her responsibilities include working with marketing and public relations teams to develop processes for delivering communication messages to team members, consumers, volunteers and others. Additionally, she analyzes and interprets overall diversity data and makes recommendations for areas of focus.

Prior to joining Sentara Healthcare, Beckton served as director of diversity and inclusion for Christiana Care Health System in Delaware where she created and implemented workforce diversity, inclusion, engagement, employee development and on-boarding strategies to create a work environment where staff were treated fairly and respectfully and had equal access to opportunities to learn and grow.

Beckton also managed the office of diversity and inclusion at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she provided strategic advice and counsel to senior management on diversity and inclusion programming, policies, and processes.

Beckton earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University. She also has a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.


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.


Brenda Calderon, Ph.D

Brenda Calderon currently serves as an Education Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

In addition to managing over $700 million in federal grants, she drafts policy documents and official agency guidance on federal interpretations of law, working with numerous agencies and organizations including the Office of Civil Rights, Office of the General Counsel and Budget Office.

In her previous position as national co-chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, Calderon led more than a dozen national organizations to develop priorities and policy strategy for federal funding of education programs.

Calderon, who has been published in a variety of higher education venues, has also worked as a Policy Fellow with the U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Calderon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. She also has a master’s in education from Loyola Marymount and a Ph.D in education policy from George Mason University.

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 Alexandria, is a director of Government Relations at the College Board where he works to build partnership with government officials to increase college access and opportunities for students. He previously served as Senior Director at Educational Testing Services. Prior to that he was manager of government and external relations and 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.


Darius A. Johnson

Darius Johnson currently serves as Vice President, Employee Engagement & Development at Dominion Energy. His responsibilities include leading talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, HR communications, and learning & development teams. He also provides guidance and oversight on matters related to employee engagement.

Johnson previously worked as a senior vice president, middle market banking relationship manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as primary bank advocate and key financial advisor for a portfolio of private and public company clients. Prior to that role, Johnson worked as EVP/Regional President for Premier Bank, Inc. (formerly Consolidated Bank & Trust Co.).

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.


Ashby Kilgore

Ashby Kilgore’s career in education spanned more than four decades, having worked as a teacher, principal and deputy superintendent. In 2007, she was appointed superintendent of Newport News Public Schools, the first woman to lead the 30,000-student school division.

Leading an agenda focused on college, career, and citizen readiness, the school division created initiatives that set high expectations for all students. The initiatives included Early College and Early Career in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College; Career Pathways and STEM innovations with a 417% increase in career certification; a youth development movement and the summer SPARK initiative, resulting in a 93% graduation rate, a 2% dropout rate and a decrease in suspensions as options for student leadership and success expanded.

In 2012, Kilgore was named a 2012 Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Fellow in recognition of her career achievements. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Urban League of Hampton Roads Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leader Award in Education, the 2015 Humanitarian Award presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the 2014 Thomas Nelson Community College Medallion.

Although she is retired, Kilgore remains active in her community and continues her work to advance career internships for high school students. She currently serves on the boards of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Virginia Living Museum, and WHRO Public Media.

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.


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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