John Dever began his tenure as Thomas Nelson Community College’s eighth President on October 1, 2011. His career as an educator and administrator spans more than 40 years. Dr. Dever most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Northern Virginia Community College (2004 – 2011). His background in higher education also includes service as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Tidewater Community College (2000-2004); Dean of Instruction and Student Services at Blue Ridge Community College (1995-2000); and Professor of English and Chair of the Communications and Humanities Division at Thomas Nelson (1975-1995).
As a community college administrator, Dr. Dever has pursued research and been involved in major projects dealing with community college transfer; enhanced general education; workforce development; developmental education; strategic planning; organizational leadership; and diversity and inclusion. He is an American Council on Education Fellow and an alumnus of the CIVIC Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads. He serves on the boards for the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.
Dr. Dever received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, a master’s degree in English from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. His special area of academic interest is Shakespeare, particularly the history plays placed in the context of the English Reformation.
Dr. Dever and his wife, Peggy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.