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Thomas Nelson Community College appointed Patrick Tompkins as provost of the Historic Triangle campus on Sept. 25, and said he is planning on expanding the college’s involvement with the community.
“I’m feeling very energized by the new appointment,” Tompkins said.
“We have a great college and the Historic Triangle campus is well positioned to serve the community in Williamsburg, James City County and York.”
Tompkins is well acquainted with the campus, serving as the dean of communications, humanities and social sciences since 2013. He said the faculty is independent, and relationship-building for collaboration is key.
He said he thinks the same approach likely will be needed in the community because the college cannot pass laws and regulations and does not have taxing authorities.
“The way we are going to move forward in the community is by positioning ourselves in the community as a credible resource, developing shared values and visions, and then being that partner with shared solutions,” Tomkins said. “All that is built through relationships and really being able to deliver on what you say you are going to do.”
The first thing Thompkins said he’s going to do is listen to partners in the community such as business organizations, government organizations and nonprofits as to how TNCC can best serve it.
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