DR. TOWUANNA PORTER BRANNON is the ninth president of Virginia Peninsula Community College. Dr. Brannon's higher education tenure includes over 25 years in leadership, change management, organizational development, policy design, fundraising, instruction, and the provision of direct support to students at a diverse array of public and private colleges and universities.

During her tenure as president, the college experienced its first enrollment increase in over eight years with significant gains among dual-enrolled high school students and those seeking short-term high-demand workforce credentials. The college established its second workforce development center and will launch a center for excellence in early childhood education, and a maritime skills trade center in 2024.

Over the span of her career, she has been a primary architect in creating policies, programs, and systems designed to improve college access, retention, and completion. Dr. Brannon believes that Virginia’s community colleges are uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality programs that address the Commonwealth’s critical labor needs and help students become economically resilient.

Dr. Brannon began her higher education career as an information technology specialist, helping faculty incorporate technology into the teaching and learning experience. She has also served as an academic advisor, adjunct instructor, director of advising, registrar, assistant dean, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dr. Brannon, is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She earned her doctorate degree in Executive Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Fordham University, a master’s degree in education, and a bachelor's degree in Human Services from St. John's University in Queens, NY.

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