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VHCC Board Member Beth Rhinehart named Distinguished Citizen
VHCC Board Member Beth Rhinehart has recieived the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire for her exemplary service and citizenship. The award recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions and attained noteworthy achievements in our region.
Beth is the president and CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. The organization serves both Bristol Tennessee and Bristol Virginia, and represents more than 700 businesses. Prior to accepting her administrative role in 2015, she served the Chamber as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Executive Committee’s Vice Chair of Government Relations.
She previously worked as executive director of Faith in Action and as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System.
Beth contributes to the community through her membership on a long list of boards and committees. In addition to her role on the VHCC Board, she currently serves on he GO Virginia Region 1 Council, and the boards of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, The United Way of Bristol Virginia-Tennessee, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and the Northeast State Community College Foundation Board. She is also chairing the 2018 United Way of Bristol Fundraising Campaign.
She previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success, and as a board member for the Linwood Holton Governor’s School, Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia, American Heart Association, Healing Hands Health Center, and Regional Education and Action Coalition for Health. A long-time member of the Bristol Rotary Club, she is a Paul Harris Fellow and a recipient of the William Skelton Award.
Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College, master’s degrees in both teaching and counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from King University. She is a 2010 graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leadership Program.
She was appointed to the VHCC Board in March. The Board is comprised of nine members who represent the VHCC service region of Bristol Virginia, Washington County, and western Smyth County. It acts as an advisory board to the State Board for Community Colleges.
Beth lives in Bristol Virginia and has three children - Dalton, Wynston and McKinley.