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VCCS Chancellor Joins College Board's September Meeting

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04/01/2020 - 4:43pm
September 27, 2019
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Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of  Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), joined Thomas Nelson’s Local Board at its Sept. 25 meeting to share information about the VCCS college president selection process. 

The six- to eight-month venture begins with the college community and starts by examining what the college’s priority should be over the next five years and finding a leader with that skillset. 

“Virginia brings in a very talented pool of candidates,” stated Chancellor DuBois. “Executives want to be in this region.”

Once the pool is created, the search committee is assembled. The 14-person committee will include Mike Kuhns, Mary Bunting and Dr. Vince Warren from the College’s Local Board as well as a VCCS college president, VCCS leaders and more.

With the timeline extending past the date of Thomas Nelson President John Dever’s departure, Chancellor DuBois confirmed that the College would receive an interim president, who he expects to formally announce by November.

In new business, Thomas Nelson’s Local College Board elected Michael F. Kuhns as Chair and Dr. Vince Warren as Vice Chair. The Board also welcomed a new representative from the City of Hampton, Dr. Donna Woods, as its newest member. Woods will be formally introduced at a later meeting. 

The Finance and Municipal Liaison (FAML) Committee reported that the Hampton Campus should see completion of the digital sign by Oct. 31 with a final inspection on Nov. 11. In other business, the FAML Committee recommended and the Board approved the request for an audit of local funds.

The Curriculum committee has tabled the approval of five proposed program additions to a later date and approved the Career and Technical Education Advisory Boards with caveats that will be discussed at a later meeting as well. 

In other business: 

  • Kris Rarig, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, reported on the College’s enrollment noting that the College is doing everything to hold on to the students we currently have including calling students to occasionally check-in via the new Information Call Center led by Michelle Manfred. 
  • Dr. Lynda Byrd-Poller, Director of Human Resources and Steven Felker, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, shared the results of the Great Colleges to Work For Employee Engagement Survey. The duo will continue to share the results throughout September – November including with College constituency groups.
  • Felker shared areas of focus for the Thomas Nelson 2019-2020 Annual Plan, the final year of the Focus 2020 plan and shared steps the college is working on to establish the next strategic plan. 

Thomas Nelson Local College Board members will attend a Special-called College Board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.  The meeting will take place in Room 717 in the Hampton III Building, 525 Butler Farm Road, Hampton.

The purpose of this meeting is for a presentation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and to consider items presented during the Sept. 25 regular College Board meeting, which were tabled pending further discussion.  The meeting is open to the public in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Meeting minutes with in-depth details will be available soon at General Board meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.