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State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Virginia Highlands Community College

April 15, 2014

News Release Highlights:

  • Finalists were certified for position of president at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon.
  • Candidates will interview at the college; an appointment is expected later this spring.


State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Virginia Highlands Community College

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia. The three finalists include Dr. Barbara J. Fuller, of Lebanon, VA; Dr. John A Hogan, of Columbus, Indiana; and Dr. Susan E. Short, of Salem, VA.

Dr. Barbara J. Fuller is currently vice president for academic and student services at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, having served in a vice president’s position since 2010.  Prior to that she was dean of the business and engineering division at the college as well as serving as program developer and coordinator in Workforce Development beginning in 1985 and as an adjunct instructor from 1979-1982. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech, a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. 

Dr. John A. Hogan is currently associate vice president for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College, and served as chancellor and chief executive officer for the Columbus Region of Ivy Tech for more than a decade, beginning in 2003. Previously he was executive dean and chief executive officer at the Anderson Campus of Ivy Tech from 1999-2003 and was director of enrollment and student services and adjunct instructor at the Richmond, Indiana Ivy Tech campus, including two years as interim dean for instructional affairs. He began at Ivy Tech as a registrar in 1988. He holds a doctorate from Indiana State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Susan E. Short is currently associate vice president for engagement at Virginia Tech, a position she has held since 2011, and also served as director of Outreach Program Development and as director of the Roanoke Center for Virginia Tech. Previously she was vice president of instruction and student services at Lord Fairfax Community College from 2001-2004, where she had also served as director of instruction and student services, director of student support services, and coordinator of student activities/counselor beginning in 1984. She holds a doctorate from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from Shippensburg University and bachelor’s degree from the Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.

Candidates will attend college interviews at the community college in late April; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make the appointment in May. The appointee will replace Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, who retires this year after four years with Virginia Highlands.

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