FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2022
VCCS Office of Strategic Communications
RICHMOND – (June 13, 2022) The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges today was informed that Russell Kavalhuna, J.D. has agreed to negotiate an agreement with the Board of Trustees at Henry Ford College aimed at his continued service as president of HFC in Dearborn, Michigan. Therefore, he is not expected to be the next Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The VCCS State Board had voted March 17 to hire Kavalhuna to lead Virginia’s 23-college statewide system.
“We are disappointed, of course,” said NL Bishop, chair of the VCCS State Board. “Russ is an outstanding educator and leader in workforce development. We were looking forward to his joining us, but we respect his intent to remain in Michigan. We wish him well.”
Glenn DuBois is retiring at the end of this month after 21 years of service at the helm of Virginia’s Community Colleges. While the VCCS State Board prepares to launch a national search to select the next permanent Chancellor, it has identified Dr. Sharon Morrissey to serve as Interim Chancellor.
Morrissey is currently the VCCS’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs. “It’s an honor to step in to help continue the work of our colleges to improve the lives of Virginians,” said Morrissey. “There’s a great team here at the VCCS and great leaders at our colleges statewide, and I know our Board will find an excellent candidate as our permanent Chancellor.”
“We are exceedingly grateful to have a talented and experienced leader in Dr. Morrissey to maintain and promote the progress we have made in strengthening Virginia’s communities through higher education and workforce training opportunities,” said Bishop.
“We know that great days are ahead for Virginia’s Community Colleges,” said Douglas M. Garcia, who is scheduled to become chair of the VCCS State Board in July. “Our academic programs provide high quality instruction and major cost savings for students who earn associate degrees with us and then transfer to four-year institutions. And we’re excited about the growth and vitality of our innovative workforce and career training programs that serve the needs of our employers and lead to family-sustaining jobs for our graduates. We know these programs enjoy bipartisan legislative support and we’re eager to align our workforce training priorities with our governor’s goals for a more productive and prosperous Virginia. Working together, we can accomplish great things for the commonwealth.”
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 approximately 250,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.