Oct 27 2016
MEDIA CONTACT:Jeffrey KrausAsst. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications (804) 592-6767
RICHMOND - Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, announced today the appointment of Dr. Charlie White as interim president of New River Community College (NRCC) effective January 2017. White's appointment as the college's interim president will continue until a statewide committee selects the next permanent president of the college, which serves Virginia's New River Valley communities.
Dr. White was employed in various positions within Virginia's Community College (VCCS) since 1971 when he joined the NRCC faculty. He chaired the Division of Arts and Sciences at NRCC from 1983-1998, and was a professor of Biology and chair of the Math and Science Division prior to that. White was also NRCC's vice president for instruction and student services, as well as interim vice chancellor for academic services and research in the VCCS office during 2005 before serving as president of Wytheville Community College from 2006-2015.
White holds a doctorate from the University of Tennessee and bachelor's and master's degrees from East Tennessee State University. He also holds an associate degree from Hiwassee College in Tennessee.
"Charlie is legendary within the VCCS," said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges. "He did a tremendous job as president of Wytheville Community College for nine years. But he also has a pedigree with New River Community College as a faculty member and chief academic officer. We are delighted he has agreed to come out of retirement to serve as interim president of New River."
"I couldn't be happier to return to my old stomping grounds," said White. "It's like coming home. I look forward to reconnecting with the college, faculty and students, and to the challenges and opportunities the position brings."
White will succeed Dr. Jack M. Lewis, who will retire in December 2016 and served NRCC in various capacities for nearly 42 years before becoming president in 2000.
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