Thomas Nelson Community College Names Provost for Historic Triangle Campus

Published: March 21, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College Names Provost for Historic Triangle CampusDr. William Travis, currently the dean of the Business and Public Services Division at Thomas Nelson Community College has been selected as Provost for the College’s Historic Triangle campus. In his new role, Dr. Travis will provide academic and administrative leadership at the Historic Triangle campus with management responsibility for all financial, personnel, academic and administrative operations of the campus ensuring that the College complies with all applicable state, VCCS and TNCC policies and procedures. He will also serve as the community liaison with the Williamsburg, James City County and upper York County local constituencies representing the College President at community functions.

Announcing Travis’ appointment, Thomas Nelson President, Dr. Charles A. Taylor said, “Dr. Travis has consistently provided a high level of leadership at Thomas Nelson Community College and has demonstrated his commitment to excellence to this great institution. These are qualities that will help the Historic Triangle campus serve the community and region and will ensure that the College advances in its goal of becoming a world-class community college.”

“I am delighted to have the privilege of serving as the first provost for our Historic Triangle campus. The opening of the new Historic Triangle campus is a superb opportunity for Thomas Nelson Community College and the Greater Williamsburg community. The College has long recognized the need for an expanded presence in the Williamsburg area and we are well on our way to meeting that need. I look forward to working with local constituents as well as the Thomas Nelson faculty and staff to develop the academic and workforce training programs to meet the educational needs of the individual citizens and the business community.” said Travis. “I believe this campus is poised to move into the top ranks among other community colleges, and I will be most pleased if I can contribute to that success. In my career I have emphasized academic excellence as well as recognize the important role community colleges play in helping individuals attain their educational goals. I plan to continue this emphasis as provost of the new Historic Triangle campus.”

Travis has been with Thomas Nelson Community since 2004 serving as Dean of Business and Public Services and also as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs for one year. Dr. Travis is a veteran college administrator with 17 years of administration experience in higher education and 22 years of military service. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Production from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Utah and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Before joining Thomas Nelson, he served as Dean of Academics at Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk, Virginia. He will assume his new post on May 21, 2007.

Under Dr. Travis’ leadership, the Business and Public Services division doubled the number of distance learning courses delivered by his division, introduced the delivery of hybrid (part traditional and part online) courses and developed new programs in paralegal studies, hospitality, fire science technology and emergency medical technician. He also worked with Northrop Grumman Newport News to develop a career studies certificate in Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership for their employees, served as the Thomas Nelson Regional Director for Future Business Leaders of America, served on the State Committee on Transfer as chair of the Outreach subcommittee. From August 2005 to August 2006, while serving as the College’s Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs, he was the liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools during the College’s re-accreditation review.

President Taylor said, “We are very thankful to Mr. Robert Elsass who has been serving as the Historic Triangle Campus Administrator since August 2006. He has always been a strong supporter of our efforts in the Historic Triangle and an advocate for the College in our efforts to work with the Virginia legislature as we sought their support for funding.”

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