Dec 10 2013
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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 www.vccs.edu.