Experienced Higher Education Leader Named Interim President of Thomas Nelson Community College


Published: September 2, 2008

Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced today that Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider will become the interim president of Thomas Nelson Community College at the beginning of October. “I have known and worked with Alvin Schexnider for seven years,” said DuBois.  “Simply put, he is an outstanding leader.”

With more than thirty years of experience in higher education, Schexnider has served as a faculty member and senior executive more than half a dozen institutions, including two in the commonwealth: Virginia Commonwealth University and Norfolk State University.

From 1996 to 2000 he served as chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, greatly enhancing the university’s competitiveness.  He later served as executive vice president, acting president, and interim president of Norfolk State University.

Dr. Schexnider graduated with honors from Grambling State University and earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.  He has written extensively on urban politics and public management.

“I appreciate the dynamic and vital opportunities community colleges afford to families, employers and the communities they serve,” said Schexnider.  “And I am honored to become part of that effort as I join Thomas Nelson Community College.”

Dr. Charles Taylor, TNCC’s current president, announced at the end of August that he was leaving the college on sabbatical, beginning October 1, 2008, to assume a leadership role on a student access and student success research project critical to the next VCCS strategic plan.

“I appreciate the work Charles Taylor has done for Thomas Nelson Community College.  And I am grateful for his leadership on this research initiative,” said DuBois.



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