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Dr. Bruce R. Scism to Become President of Danville Community College – 5.13.13

Dr. Bruce R. Scism to Become President of Danville Community College

ScismRICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced today that Dr. Bruce R. Scism will become the 5th president of Danville Community College (DCC) beginning Aug. 1.

Scism is currently vice president of academic affairs at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, a position he has held since 2008.

“Along with outstanding credentials and experience, Bruce Scism has a personal history and knowledge of the Danville area,” said DuBois. “Danville Community College has a well-earned reputation for providing the academic and workforce training programs that allow its community to win 21st century opportunities. I am convinced that Bruce is the right person to build on that success and lead the college forward.”

Scism will succeed Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, who retires Aug. 1 after 21 years as the president at DCC.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Scism will become Danville’s next president,” said College Board Chair Elizabeth Spainhour. “I’m sure he will continue Dr. Ramsey’s legacy in preparing students to enter the workforce of the 21st century. His ties to this area will enhance his visibility in the community and allow him to become the face of DCC.

“The board and I look forward to working with Dr. Scism, together with the Danville Community College Educational Foundation and area business and industry, in continuing and enhancing the college’s high level of success,” she added.

Scism called DCC the “ideal setting,” saying “I am excited to become the next president there. They have a lot on the ball.  It’s a beautiful campus.” He noted that he was born at the Danville hospital, and while he grew up in North Carolina, he had grandparents who spent their lives in the Danville area.

Scism served as interim president at Volunteer State from October 2011 to May 2012. He was chief academic officer at Lee College, a comprehensive community college in Baytown, Texas from 2006-2008, where he directed academic affairs including transfer, technical/vocational programs, and workforce development.

Previously he served as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., (2002-2006) and as associate vice president –instructional technology at Triton College (2001-2002). He was coordinator of the Illinois Prairie Higher Education Consortium and the Illinois Prairie Internet Consortium from 1999-2001, and served as director of virtual learning at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., from 1998-2000.

Scism has a doctorate from the University of Illinois, as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

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 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit