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For Immediate Release

NRCC IT Director named to VCCS Strategic Plan Taskforce


New River Community College director of information technology Tim Jones was recently named as a member of the Virginia Community College System’s Strategic Plan Taskforce, which will create the next VCCS six-year strategic plan.

The group will begin working in January on a process that will last throughout 2014. The plan will succeed the current VCCS six-year strategic plan, Achieve 2015.

“I’m grateful for the leadership, experience and perspective these individuals will bring to this work,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Individually, these task force members are among the star performers at their respective community colleges. Together, they are a powerful reminder of the deep well of talented higher education leaders that make our colleges such powerful resources to the communities we serve.”

The taskforce members are diverse, broadly drawn from most of Virginia’s 23 community colleges and represent all operational areas of a college, including two members of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and two students. In addition to Jones, the strategic planning taskforce members include:

Edna Baehre-Kolovani, President, Tidewater

Rick Brehm, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Germanna

Mikell Brown, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, John Tyler

Jeanian Clark, Assistant Vice President Of Workforce Solutions And Continuing Education, Lord Fairfax

John Downey, President, Blue Ridge

Charlie Errico, Professor of History, Northern Virginia

Angela Falconetti, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Virginia Western

Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia

Catherine Finnegan*, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, System Office

Angeline Godwin, President, Patrick Henry

Ghazala Hashmi, Professor of English, Reynolds

Monisha Holmes, Student, Rappahannock

Tim Jones, Director of Information Technology, New River

Daniel Lufkin, Vice President for Student Affairs, Thomas Nelson

David Nutter, Board Member, State Board

Sheri Robertson, Associate Vice President for Academic Services, Northern Virginia

Robin Sullenburger, Board Member, State Board

Donna Van Cleave, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, System Office

Armando Vega, Student, Tidewater

*Finnegan is serving as the lead staff member to the taskforce.

John Downey, president of Blue Ridge Community College, will chair the taskforce. Edna Baehre-Kolovani, president of Tidewater Community College, will serve as co-chair.

The announcement of the task force members came at the end of DuBois’s statewide listening tour. The eight-stop fall tour gave DuBois the opportunity to hear directly from elected; community; education; and economic development and business leaders about challenges that would benefit from greater community college focus.

“Increasingly, community colleges are being looked at as the go-to place for bringing a community together and building a consensus for designing its future. That’s a new 21st century role that we are being asked to fulfill, and our community colleges are up to the task,” said DuBois.

Under the current plan, Achieve 2015, Virginia’s Community Colleges have:

• More than doubled the number of minority and first generation students served;
• Increased both graduation and transfer rates;
• Weathered an unprecedented combination of historic budget cuts and enrollment increases;
• More than doubled the number of Virginia employers served with tools like customized training; and
• Remained on schedule to raise more than $550 million in philanthropic gifts and grants.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students a year. For more information, please visit

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