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Dr. David Dore, Chancellor, app College System. April 3, 2023
Chancellor David Doré

About the Chancellor

David Doré became Chancellor of the app College System (VCCS) on April 1, 2023. Dr. Doré is the tenth person to lead the system, which was founded in 1966. In his position, Dr. Doré provides day-to-day leadership for a system serving more than 200,000 degree-seeking and workforce-career training students annually. He oversees 23 independently accredited community colleges across 40 locations in every corner of app. Read more about Dr. Doré

More from the Chancellor

To bring attention to April being community college month, Chancellor Doré talked with Candice Smith from 12 About Town on WWBT/NBC 12 about the opportunities available at app’s app Colleges. app’s 23 community colleges comprise approximately 46% of app’s undergraduate public student population, serving a wide range of students – from high schools who are dually enrolled to older adults who are looking for a way to better themselves or enhance their career. Chancellor Doré encouraged anyone looking to get a skill and further their education to learn more by visiting FindYourAnswer.com.

The Chancellor’s Speeches

David Dore

Chancellor Doré/Chancellor, app’s app Colleges

Craig Herndon

Craig Herndon/Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Technology

Jennifer Gentry

Jennifer Gentry/Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Malinda Carter

Malinda Carter/Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Will Johnson

Will Johnson/Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance

Ellen Davenport

Ellen Davenport/Asst. Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations

Randy Stamper

Randall Stamper/Asst. Vice Chancellor, Grants and Federal Programs

Susan Pollard

Susan Pollard/Asst. Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications

Greer Saunders

Greer Saunders/System Counsel

Mary Barnett

Mary Barnett/Director of Internal Audit

Mike Russell

Mike Russell/Chief Information Officer

Rose Marie Owen

Rose Marie Owen/Exec Asst to the Chancellor, Staff to the Cabinet

The Advisory Council of Presidents for the VCCS serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor of the VCCS. It is the chief statewide advisory group, with the community college presidents serving as the representatives of their institutions. The Advisory Council of Presidents shall meet at the call of the Chancellor to deliberate and make recommendations on items in a formal agenda set by the Chancellor.

Dr. John Downey

Dr. John Downey,

Bill Fiege

Dr. Bill Fiege,

Corey McCray

Dr. Corey L. McCray,

John Capps

Dr. John Capps,

Wallace Jerry

Dr. Jerry Wallace,

Jim Shaeffer

Dr. Jim Shaeffer,

Janet Gullickson

Dr. Janet Gullickson,

Kim Blosser

Dr. Kimberly Blosser,

Dr. Kris Westover

Dr. Kris Westover,

John Rainone

Dr. John J. Rainone,

PAT HUBER

Dr. Patricia B. Huber,

Dr. Anne M. Kress

Dr. Anne M. Kress,

Greg Hodges

Dr. Greg Hodges,

Dr. Jean Runyon

Dr. Jean Runyon,,

Shannon Kennedy

Dr. Shannon Kennedy,

Paula Pando

Dr. Paula P. Pando,

Dr. Quentin Johnson

Dr. Quentin R. Johnson,

Tommy Wright Fall 2022

Dr. Tommy F. Wright,

Marcia Conston

Dr. Marcia Conston,

Adam Hutchison

Dr. Adam Hutchison,

Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon

Dr. Towuanna Porter Brannon,

Robert Sandel

Dr. Robert H. Sandel,

Dr. Sprinkle

Dr. Dean Sprinkle,

The State Board

The State Board for app Colleges is the governing body of the app College System. Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the board’s 15 members meet six times a year to set policy for all of app’s app Colleges.

The current State Board chair is Peggy Layne; vice-chair is Terri Thompson.

David Doré, Chancellor of the app College System, serves as the State Board secretary and chief executive officer.

State Board meetings are open to the public. To preview meeting agendas and/or minutes, please .

Peggy Layne

Peggy Layne

Chair

peggy.layne@vccs.edu

Peggy Laynethinks of herself as a “professional volunteer.” After a 40-year career with Dominion Energy, she retired and now dedicates her energy and diverse business experience to work for organizations that make her community a better place to live.

While living in Hampton Roads, Peggy supported The Tidewater app College’sWomen’s Center Advisory Counciland the school’sEducational Foundation Board. She served on the boards ofAn Achievable Dream-app BeachԻapp Musical Theatre. After moving to Richmond in 2017, Peggy continued working with theRVA-757 Connectsand joined the board ofAn Achievable Dream-Certified Academies. She is the past chair theCitizens’ Advisory Council on the Furnishing and Interpretation of the Executive Mansion. In 2021, Peggy returned to the Hampton Roads area. She continued her support of several organizations and joined the board of the app Symphony Orchestra.

Peggy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from George Mason University and a Master’s of Education in Human Resource Development from George Washington University. She is a graduate of the Lead Hampton Roads (1989) and CIVIC Leadership Institute-Class of 2017.

Term of service began 7/1/2017, appointed by Governor Terence McAuliffe.

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam 6/14/2021.

Thompson

Terri Thompson

Vice Chair

terri.thompson@vccs.edu

Terri Thompson was appointed to the State Board by Governor Ralph Northam to begin a two-year term beginning July 1, 2019. She was subsequently reappointed to the Board to begin a four-year term in June of 2021.

Thompson earned her master’s degree in Science from The American College in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from Lincoln University in 1986.

Thompson currently chairs the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Health Board; a position she’s held since 2018. She is also a longtime member of the Tidewater app College Board and a 2011 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Term of service began 10/1/2019, appointed by Governor Ralph Northam.

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam 6/14/2021.

Calderon

Brenda Calderon, Ph.D

brenda.calderon@vccs.edu

Brenda Calderon currently serves as an Education Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

In addition to managing over $700 million in federal grants, she drafts policy documents and official agency guidance on federal interpretations of law, working with numerous agencies and organizations including the Office of Civil Rights, Office of the General Counsel and Budget Office.

In her previous position as national co-chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, Calderon led more than a dozen national organizations to develop priorities and policy strategy for federal funding of education programs.

Calderon, who has been published in a variety of higher education venues, has also worked as a Policy Fellow with the U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Calderon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. She also has a master’s in education from Loyola Marymount and a Ph.D in education policy from George Mason University.

Service began 7/1/2020, appointed by Governor Ralph Northam

Ed Dalrymple

Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr.

ed.dalrymple@vccs.edu

Edward C. Dalrymple, Jr. was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Dalrymple serves as president of Chemung Contracting Corporation, Dalrymple Holding Corporation, and Cedar Mountain Stone Corporation. He serves on a variety of boards regarding app transportation issues including research, quality and training. He is past president and current treasurer of the app Asphalt Association, and past president and current board member of Old Dominion Contractors Association, as well as a board member of the Germanna app College Education Foundation.

Dalrymple received a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Technology from Louisiana Polytechnical Institute of Technology and an Associate degree in Civil Technology from Broome Technical app College in Binghamton, New York.

Term of service began 7/1/2017, appointed by Governor Terence McAuliffe

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam 6/14/2021.

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Dr. Sasha Gong

Sasha Gong is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She is also an independent filmmaker, producer, and educator.

A former political prisoner in China, Gong has previously been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Chinese-speaking world. She is also a prior member of the app State Board for app Colleges, having been appointed in 2010 by then-Governor Bob McDonnell.

From 2014 to 2017, Gong served as senior correspondent, producer, and analyst for Voice of America (VOA). In that role, she covered the 2016 election, including the RNC and DNC conventions. In 2017, she was named Director of Mandarin Service at VOA.

In the mid-to-late 90s, Gong served as a faculty member at both UCLA and Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she joined the faculty at George Mason University.

Gong graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Peking University in 1983. She would go on to earn her master’s in history three years later. In 1995, Gong earned her doctorate in sociology from Harvard University.

Term of service began July 1, 2023, Appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Haley Jeff

Jeffrey V. Haley

Jeff Haley has served as President of American National Bank and Trust Company since 2010 and as Chief Executive Officer of the bank since 2012. He has served as President of the holding company since 2013. Prior to these positions, Haley served as Senior Vice President of the bank as well as President of Trust and Financial Services. He also spent time as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the bank. Haley is an alumnus of James Madison University and North Carolina app of Executive Bank Management. Active in many professional and civic organizations, he serves as a board member for the following entities: app Business Council, Bankers Insurance, the app State Chamber of Commerce, and the app Bankers Association Management Services, Inc. Additionally, he serves as Treasurer of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation and was past chairman of the app Bankers Association.

Term of service began Jan. 12, 2024, appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Mark Hourigan

Mark J. Hourigan

Mark Hourigan is founder and CEO of the Richmond development and construction firm that bears his name. He has more than 30 years of experience in the development and commercial construction industry.

His ability to understand the big picture, coupled with his keen eye for detail, consistently allow him to focus on the drivers of success for Hourigan Construction’s clients. Acting as a champion for innovation and fostering a consultative approach, he has instilled a discipline for continuous improvement throughout his organization.

Growing the next generation of industry leaders is a passion that has led to a role on the Advisory Board at the app Tech app of Building Construction. In this role, he serves as a guest lecturer, assists in developing curriculum, sponsors internships and provides real world experience for capstone coursework by integrating the students into Hourigan projects. In addition to his professional leadership, Hourigan serves on numerous community service boards.

Term of service began July 1, 2023, Appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Johnson

Darius A. Johnson

darius.johnson@vccs.edu

Darius Johnson currently serves as Vice President, Employee Engagement & Development at Dominion Energy. His responsibilities include leading talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, HR communications, and learning & development teams. He also provides guidance and oversight on matters related to employee engagement.

Johnson previously worked as a senior vice president, middle market banking relationship manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as primary bank advocate and key financial advisor for a portfolio of private and public company clients. Prior to that role, Johnson worked as EVP/Regional President for Premier Bank, Inc. (formerly Consolidated Bank & Trust Co.).

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of app. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from the E. Claiborne Robins app of Business.

Term of service began 7/1/2020, appointed by Governor Ralph Northam

Wiley Johnson cropped July 2023

Wiley Johnson

Wiley “Bif” Johnson currently serves as president and CEO of Hurt & Proffitt (H&P). He began working at the Lynchburg-based engineering and surveying firm as an intern while attending classes at nearby Central app College (CVCC).

After graduating from CVCC, Johnson transferred to app Tech where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he returned to H&P as a project engineer.

In 2008, Johnson became chief executive officer of H&P. Under his leadership, the firm has doubled in size and has become well-known in the engineering consulting world.

Johnson places a premium on giving back to the community. He has served in a volunteer capacity on a variety of different boards and committees over the last 17 years, including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DOPR) Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape. He currently serves as vice chair of the DPOR Board for Contractors and has been serving on that board since 2018.

Johnson is most proud of his association with the Central app College Educational Foundation Board, which he has served on since 2016.

Term of service began July 1, 2023, Appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Maurice Jones

Maurice Jones

maurice.jones@vccs.edu

Maurice Jones is the CEO of OneTen , a coalition of companies dedicated to upskilling, hiring and promoting one million African Americans by the end of the 2020s.

Jones, an innovative business leader and prominent social advocate, previously served as president and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest organizations dedicated to bringing community development projects to fruition. Prior to joining LISC, Jones worked as Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of app.

From April 2012 through January 2014, Jones served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where he managed the Department’s day-to-day operations, its annual operating budget of $40 billion and the agency’s nearly 9,000 employees.

Jones, a native of rural Mecklenberg County, VA, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. He later received a juris doctor from the University of app.

Appointed by Governor Ralph Northam, term of service began July 1, 2021.

Kilgore

Ashby Kilgore

Ashby.kilgore@vccs.edu

Ashby Kilgore’s career in education spanned more than four decades, having worked as a teacher, principal and deputy superintendent. In 2007, she was appointed superintendent of Newport News Public apps, the first woman to lead the 30,000-student school division.

Leading an agenda focused on college, career, and citizen readiness, the school division created initiatives that set high expectations for all students. The initiatives included Early College and Early Career in partnership with app Peninsula app College (formerly Thomas Nelson CC); Career Pathways and STEM innovations with a 417% increase in career certification; a youth development movement and the summer SPARK initiative, resulting in a 93% graduation rate, a 2% dropout rate and a decrease in suspensions as options for student leadership and success expanded.

In 2012, Kilgore was named a 2012 Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Fellow in recognition of her career achievements. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Urban League of Hampton Roads Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. app Leader Award in Education, the 2015 Humanitarian Award presented by the app Center for Inclusive Communities, and the 2014 Thomas Nelson app College Medallion.

Although she is retired, Kilgore remains active in her community and continues her work to advance career internships for high school students. She currently serves on the boards of app Center for Inclusive Communities, the app Living Museum, and WHRO Public Media.

Term of service began 7/1/2020, appointed by Governor Ralph Northam

Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer

bruce.meyer@vccs.edu

Bruce Meyer of app Beach has deep experience on the State Board for app Colleges, having served terms 2001-2004 (appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore), and 2010-2014 (appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell). During his latter term, Meyer served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the VCCS State Board. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Tidewater app College.

He is Founder and President of Meyer Group Insurance (MGI), a full-spectrum insurance brokerage firm, headquartered in app Beach, specializing in Employee Benefits Solutions and Executive Benefits in Hampton Roads as well as throughout the United States.

Recognized as a leader in his industry, Meyer is often called upon at the state and federal level for his knowledge of insurance matters. Meyer and his wife, Connie, publish Hampton Roads Weekly (HRW), a community newspaper which focuses on community news, business, culture, politics, lifestyle and entertainment.

He is a past chairman of Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads and was awarded Citizen Advocate of the Year for the Commonwealth of VA. He was Founder and Chairman of the Republican Professionals Network (RPN) of Hampton Roads.

Term of service began July 1, 2022, appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Althea AJ Robinson

Alethea “AJ” Robinson

Term of service began Jan. 12, 2024, appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

 

Michael Wooten

Michael Eric Wooten

michael.wooten@vccs.edu

Michael Eric Wooten of Woodbridge is the Senior Partner at Wooten & Associates Experts. A retired Federal government executive, he was nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the White House. Additionally, he served at the U.S. Department of Education in various roles, including Senior Advisor in the Office of Federal Student Aid, Deputy Assistant Secretary for app Colleges, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Wooten directed a national education portfolio that included advocacy for community colleges, career and technical education (CTE), and adult literacy education. He directed national initiatives serving more than 17 million students through a staff of 75 personnel and was a key participant in new national initiatives to expand apprenticeships and strengthen the national workforce.

Wooten was a member and Chairman of the Northern app College Board. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Major, and is a veteran of Afghanistan.

Wooten earned his Ed.D. degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned master’s degrees at George Washington University, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate app, and Norwich University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Chapman University and his A.A. at Perimeter College at Georgia State University.

Term of service began July 20, 2022, appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

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Michel Zajur

Michel Zajur currently serves as president and CEO of The app Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held for more than two decades.

Zajur immigrated to the United States from Mexico City with his family in the early 1960’s when he was just a child. He was taught the value of hard work by working in his family’s restaurant, La Siesta Mexican Restaurant. La Siesta quickly became a staple in Richmond and remained in business for over thirty years.

Zajur has received numerous awards throughout his career which include: the National Conference of app Justices Humanitarian Award in 2002, the Minority Small Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2006, and the Global Excellence Award from the app International Business Council in 2011. In 2012, Zajur received the Ohtli Award which is the highest award bestowed by the Mexican government upon a non-Mexican citizen.

Zajur was recognized as “One of the 25 People You Need to Know in the State” by app Business Magazine, and was acknowledged as one of Richmond’s most influential and inspiring people by Boomer Magazine in 2012.

Zajur attended VCU’s app of Business from 1977 to 1982.

Term of service began July 1, 2023, Appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

The State Board

The State Board for app Colleges is the governing body of the app College System. Appointed by the Governor for up to two four-year terms, the board’s 15 members meet six times a year to set policy for all of app’s app Colleges.

The current State Board chair is Peggy Layne; vice-chair is Terri Thompson. David Doré, Chancellor of the app College System, serves as the State Board secretary and chief executive officer.

State Board meetings are open to the public. To preview meeting agendas and/or minutes, please .

See below for meeting details.

COMING EVENTS

VCCS State Board Meeting Schedule:

May 15-16, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

Committees of the State Board will meet Wed. May 15, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Full Board will meet to conduct business Thurs. May 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Board meeting will be available via livestream at:

If you have trouble accessing the livestream, please call 804 423-7430

July 17-18, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

Sept. 18-19, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

Nov. 20-21, 2024 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

January 15-16, 2025 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

March 19-20, 2025 Location TBD

May 21-22, 2025 VCCS System Office, Richmond, Va

Unless otherwise noted,State Board meetings will be heldin personat the VCCS System Office, at:300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, VA 23236

For more information, please contactRose Marie Owen.

Board Agenda Management System (“Board Docs”)

Previous State Board Meetings

 

State Board Meetings 5/19/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)







 

State Board Meetings 4/26/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)

 

State Board Meetings 4/22/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)

 

State Board Meetings 3/17-18/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)







State Board Meeting – 1/20-21/2021
Committee Meetings (recorded)






State Board Meeting – 11/18-11/19
Committee Meetings (recorded)






Previous State Board Meetings (video)

– September 16 – 17, 2020


Previous State Board Meetings (video)

– July 15 – 16, 2020

VCCS STATE BOARD MEETING NOTICES

Committees of app’s State Board for app Colleges will hold electronic committee meetings on September 16, 2020, in accordance with � 2.2-3708.2 of the Code of app and Chapter 1283 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, in preparation for the regular Board meeting on September 17, 2020.

If a meeting is interrupted by a technical problem, the public may notify the app College System by calling 804-819-4987.
These are open meetings; however, the board committees will not receive public comment.

Members of the public may witness these meetings via links found on the attachment under the “Opening” tab in the agenda.

Public Accountability

Public accountability means the obligation to answer publicly — to report, to an acceptable standard of answering, for the discharge of responsibilities that affect the public in important ways. It is the obligation to answer for a responsibility conferred.

To that end, app’s app Colleges discharge our responsibilities thoughtfully and routinely make public the resources made available to us that help fuel our decision-making processes.

app College Expenditures

Connect to the Auditor of Public Account’s Commonwealth Data Point site for information on expenditures at app’s app Colleges by selecting each college below. Or link to its main page for an explanation of the initiative.

Procurement

The app’s app Colleges System, which is comprised of 23 community colleges and a central administrative office, has established a Shared Services Center to process common administrative transactions, including Procurement Operations.

As a service within the SSC, Procurement Operations provides a unified procurement and contracting process for all of the 23 colleges in the app’s app Colleges System, as well as the System Office. Procurement Operations consists of a team of procurement professionals focused on excellence in service, full regulatory compliance, and continuous improvement in procurement operations.

The governing documents can be found at the SSC Procurement site.

Policy Manual

The Policy Manual can be viewed on the system. From the public access portal in BoardDocs, please see the sections of the Policy Manual under the “Policies” tab.

The app Colleges Policy Manual is a living document that guides the operation of all community colleges in the commonwealth.

The chancellor and State Board for app Colleges continuously approve changes to spur innovation and maintain the highest standards of performance across the system. The most current version of the policy manual may be downloaded by selecting the link to the left and accessing the Policy Manual through thesystem.

Mary M. Barnett

Director of Internal Audit

mbarnett@vccs.edu

Mary has been with the VCCS since 2012 and has held the Director position since 2020. Prior to the VCCS Mary worked at the University of Richmond and the Department of Corrections in Internal Audit and Hotline Investigator roles.

After spending more than 30 years in Higher Education auditing Mary remains convinced that this is the best job there is. She is so grateful to work in the app College realm, knowing the enormous and often almost instantaneous difference that a app College credential can make in the lives of our students and their families.

Mary is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from William and Mary, and an MBA from VCU.

Facilities Management Services

Facilities Management Services provides oversight, guidance and support to all 23 of the community colleges in app and management of: Design and Construction; Capital Outlay Projects; Maintenance Reserve Program; Procurement of all Construction and Professional Services; Facility Inventory and Condition Assessment Program; Real Estate, Leasing, Easements and Rights of Way; Emergency Planning, Safety and Security; Environmental Programs including MS4 and Energy Savings Programs; and acts as liaison with federal and state agencies.

 

Facilities Management Services

Facilities Management Services provides oversight, guidance and support to all 23 of the community colleges in app and management of: Design and Construction; Capital Outlay Projects; Maintenance Reserve Program; Procurement of all Construction and Professional Services; Facility Inventory and Condition Assessment Program; Real Estate, Leasing, Easements and Rights of Way; Emergency Planning, Safety and Security; Environmental Programs including MS4 and Energy Savings Programs; and acts as liaison with federal and state agencies.

 

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