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The Virginia Highlands Community College Board is comprised of nine community members who serve as an advisory board to the State Board for Community Colleges. Board members play a key role in the development and evaluation of programs and services that ensure VHCC remains responsive to community needs.

As the list below indicates, the Board includes three members appointed by the Bristol Virginia City Council, four members appointed by the Washington County Board of Supervisors, and two members appointed by the Smyth County Board of Supervisors. Each member is appointed for a four-year term and can serve for two consecutive terms.

Appointed by the City of Bristol

Catherine Brillhart, Chair
Donald Bowman
Beth Rhinehart 

Appointed by Smyth County

Kimberly Clark
Becky Pennington

Appointed by Washington County

Tom Hicok
Dr. John Lentz, Vice Chair
Tony Miller
Joe Straten

Joe Reiff

Born of ConvictionMeet Dr. Joe Reiff, Professor of Religion at Emory & Henry College, whose book, Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi's Closed Society, focuses on the response of the white Mississippi Methodists to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Twenty-eight ministers signed a statement of their convictions, based on Jesus' teachings to permit 'no discrimination of race, color, or creed,' in an attempt to lead white Methodists to work for racial justice. The book documents the failures of the group, but also their successes, as the Deep South's massive resistance to segregation began to crack. The book received the 2016 Nonfiction Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Sponsored by Washington County Friends of the Library.

Cost: Free for Everyone

Download the complete Spring 2018 Arts Array Program at www.vhcc.edu/ArtsArray

  • All Arts Array activities are free for the faculty, staff and students of Virginia Highlands Community College.
  • Staff members and students of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College for Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass, may attend all films and concerts in the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church for free.
  • All films are free for students and staff members of Emory & Henry College and King University.

For additional information about the Arts Array, please contact Tommy Bryant tbryant@vhcc.edu (276) 739-2451 regarding film and drama events and Mary Munsey mmunsey@vhcc.edu (276) 739-2454 regarding concerts

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