In a message to College faculty and staff today, Dr. John Dever announced plans to retire as president of Thomas Nelson Community College at the end of the fall semester 2019. Citing health reasons, Dr. Dever stated that he believes it is in the best interest of the College, of him and his family that he step down as president.
Dr. Dever further stated, “In the remaining six months, I will continue to give focused attention to enrollment decline and associated issues, particularly those related to the College budget. As always, we will be working to counter the decline but also making adjustments as warranted by actual enrollment and revenue. I will also be working with the College community to accomplish the objectives that will complete the final year of our strategic plan, Focus 2020, and its three overarching goals of improving student success, strengthening community partnerships, and enhancing our capacity for excellence.”
Dr. Dever is Thomas Nelson’s eighth president, having served in this capacity since October 1, 2011. His career as an educator and administrator spans more than 40 years. Dr. Dever began his higher education career serving as Professor of English and Chair of the Communications and Humanities Division at Thomas Nelson from 1975-1995.
In accordance with policies and procedures of the Virginia Community College System, the recruitment and search process for Thomas Nelson’s next president will be led by the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges in collaboration with the Thomas Nelson Local Board.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Callaway, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at (757) 825-3547.