Veteran Educator, Administrator Brings Vast Experience to TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) welcomes Alvin J. Schexnider, Ph.D., as interim president. The College’s current President Dr. Charles Taylor began a nine-month sabbatical on October 1  to assume a leadership role on a student access and student success research project critical to the next Virginia Community College System strategic plan.

Joining TNCC on October 1, Dr. Schexnider brings vast higher education experience to the College. His career as an administrator includes both interim and acting president positions at Norfolk State University as well as chancellorship at Winston-Salem State University. The veteran educator has also held faculty and administrative positions at Southern University, Syracuse University, The Federal Executive Institute, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wake Forest University.

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New Leaders Join the TNCC Executive Team Ranks

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Thomas Nelson Community College President Charles A. Taylor has announced the addition of two administrators to the College’s executive leadership team. Mr. Charles A. Nurnberger has been named Vice President for Finance and Administration. Ms. Catherine L. Szpindor is the new Vice President for Information Technology. “As we continue to grow, the strong leadership and expertise of these highly qualified professionals in finance and administration and information technology will enable the College to achieve our institutional goals,” said Dr. Taylor.

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Robert W. Elsass, Jr. Named Campus Administrator for Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus

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The Virginia Peninsula – Robert W. Elsass, Jr. has been named administrator of Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle (HT) campus. Elsass assumed his duties Aug. 1 rejoining the College after having retired in June.

Formerly Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Thomas Nelson, Elsass has 12 years of experience in college administration and an extensive background in public relations. A retired U.S. Air Force officer with a military career of more than 20 years, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Radio and Television Production from Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver, Denver, Colo. He also attended the Air War College, Air University at Montgomery, Ala. and did masters program studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Florida Institute of Technology.

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