John T. Dever Selected to Become the Next President of Thomas Nelson Community College

Published: June 30, 2011

Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) announced today that Dr. John T. Dever will become the president of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) at the beginning of October.

Dever’s career as a community college educator began in the English department of Thomas Nelson in 1975. He has worked at Blue Ridge Community College and Tidewater Community College. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Northern Virginia Community College.

“John Dever began his career at Thomas Nelson Community College with a lot of energy, excitement and engagement in the college’s campus life,” said DuBois. “Returning to Thomas Nelson, as the college’s new president, completes the circle for this hard-working and deeply respected community college leader. I’m excited for both John and the college.”

In addition to his work at Northern Virginia Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the nation, Dever has been a leader in efforts of the VCCS Reengineering Taskforce, specifically with the task of reforming developmental education. Dever chaired the VCCS Developmental Education Task Force.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as president of Thomas Nelson Community College, an institution whose excellence I know first-hand and which makes such a difference for the good in the lives of so many on the Virginia Peninsula,” said Dever. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff, the College and Foundation Boards, and members of the community in continuing to advance the college and realize its full potential.”

Dever succeeds Dr. Alvin Schexnider, who is retiring this fall after serving as Thomas Nelson’s president for the last three years. Dever is expected to officially begin his new position on or before October 1, 2011.

“Our local college board was delighted to consider four outstanding candidates to lead our college forward,” said Alonzo Bell, chair of the TNCC Local College Board. “We have great confidence in John Dever and appreciate his local connections, knowledge and experience. We hope that John will be a great fit for our college and we believe that he will be.”

Dever, who began his career as a high school history and English teacher, earned his bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky and his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. Further, he earned his Ph.D in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit


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