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Veteran Community College Leader Named Interim President of Virginia Highlands Community College

RICHMOND – Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that he is naming Dr. Charlie White the interim president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), effective immediately.


White is a veteran higher education leader who has spent much of his career working at Virginia’s Community Colleges, including eight years as the president of Wytheville Community College (WCC). He also served recently as the interim president of New River Community College (NRCC).

“Charlie is a seasoned community college president who knows how to bring people together and move an institution forward,” said DuBois. “He was born in Southwest Virginia, grew up there, and spent his career there so he understands the region. Charlie is the right person to keep Virginia Highlands focused on our students moving forward as we prepare to search for the college’s next permanent president.”

Dr. White has worked 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.

White replaces Dr. Gene Couch who is retiring after four years as VHCC president.

A national search will begin in early 2019 to hire the next VHCC president. That process typically takes six to nine months to complete.

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