TNCC Expands College Board to 14 Members

Published: January 24, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – Thomas Nelson Community College has expanded the number of representatives to its Local College Board from 11 to 14. The six localities in the service area of Thomas Nelson Community College voted to approve the expansion of the College’s Local Board and have appointed citizens from their communities to serve in the Board.

Based on the current population, the projected population growth in the six localities and the relative growth in student population, an Ad hoc committee comprised of members of the Board recommended that the Local College Board be expanded by appointing one additional representative each from Newport News, York County and James City County. The TNCC Local College Board is now formed as follows: Newport News (4 representatives), Hampton (4 representatives), York County (2 representatives), James City County (2 representatives), Williamsburg (1 representative) and Poquoson (1 representative)

The TNCC Local College Board originally consisted of 11 members representing the localities. This composition was established when TNCC was a single campus institution with most of the student population coming from the lower Peninsula. The population growth experienced on the Peninsula, especially in the Historic Triangle area, over the past 10 to 15 years has changed the demographic distribution of the TNCC service area. The change is significant enough that a second campus of the college has been approved and will be built in the Historic Triangle.

The newly appointed Board Members are:
James City County – Dr. Richard Calver is the new Board representative for James City County.
Calver’s involvement with the Virginia Community College System dates back to the 1970’a when he joined Southwest Virginia Community College as Dean of Administrative Services. In 1988, he joined TNCC as Dean of Administrative Services. He was then appointed as Interim President at TNCC from 1994 – 1995 and as Special Assistant to the President from 2002 – 2005. Calver’s commitment to his community is …. By his involvement with other community Boards, including the Greater Williamsburg Crossroads Planning Steering Committee, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Leadership Institute, the Williamsburg Shrine Club and the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge.

York County – Dr. Joseph F Shipes is the new Board representative for York County. Shipes is a retired Army officer. He has been a resident of York County since 1986. He has extensive experience with education, training and workforce development. He holds a doctorate degree from Old Dominion University in Urban Services.

Other recently appointed members to the TNCC Local College Board are:
Belinda H. Willis
Alonzo R. Bell

TNCC was established in 1967 by the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve the localities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Poquoson and the Counties of James City and York. A local College Board was established, with members appointed by each of the localities, to serve in an advisory capacity to the State Board for Community Colleges and the President of Thomas Nelson Community College.

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