Thomas Nelson Community College Announces New Executive Leadership Team


Published: September 11, 2006

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – Thomas Nelson Community College has added new administrators to its executive leadership team filling key vice presidential positions in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement as well as a key slot for institutional effectiveness in the president’s office.

Dr. Charles A. Taylor, Thomas Nelson president, officially introduced the new administrators to the entire faculty and staff in mid-August during “All College Day” activities at the Hampton campus. Focused on professional development and College updates, “All College Day” kicked off the 2006 fall semester for faculty and staff.

“The addition of these talented highly-qualified individuals to the Thomas Nelson family will be beneficial in accomplishing our mission of delivering quality instruction and services to our students. They bring a combined total of over 70 years experience in higher education. I am certain this team will bolster our efforts to increase new program offerings and establish strategic partnerships with our educational, community and industry and business constituents,” said Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Richard B. Fleming, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Fleming has more than 28 years of experience in college-level instruction and administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from Memphis State University, an M.B.A., a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from the University of Dallas at Irving, Texas and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colorado. He previously served as president of Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, Arizona.


Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Walker-Griffea has 18 years of experience in higher education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University, a Bachelor’s in Radio/Television/Film-News and Public Affairs from Oklahoma State University and a Doctorate in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University. She served as Dean of Student Development at Houston Community College-Central, Houston, Texas, prior to this appointment.


Ms. Cynthia Hagaman Callaway, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Ms. Callaway has 10 years of experience in Institutional Advancement having been Vice President for Institutional Advancement at North Carolina’s Western Piedmont Community College before this appointment. She also has 13 years of experience as a teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina, Van Hecke-Wettach School of Law, and is a Charter Graduate of the North Carolina Community College System Future Presidents Institute.

Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Fontaine is Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness. She has nearly 20 years of experience in education holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, an M.B.A. from Hampton University, and a Doctorate in Administration/Management from Walden University. She joins Thomas Nelson Community College having previously served as Chief of Staff at the University of the Virgin Islands.

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