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Southwest Virginia native selected as president of Virginia Highlands Community CollegeVirginia Community College System News Release - April 2, 2010
Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, of Wytheville, will become the next president of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Proffitt, a southwest Virginia native, currently serves as vice president of instruction and student development at Wytheville Community College. He will assume his new post on or before July 1, 2010.
“Ron has a proven track record of success within the Virginia Community College System,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “I’m confident he’ll do a terrific job as president of Virginia Highlands Community College.”
“We considered three outstanding and well-qualified candidates,” said Laura Lee, chair of the college board at Virginia Highlands. “We’re delighted that Dr. Proffitt has accepted the position. He will do an excellent job moving Virginia Highlands to the next level.”
Prior to his appointment as Wytheville’s vice president of instruction in 2007, Proffitt was dean of the math, science and health technology division at Southwest Virginia Community College from 2000-2007. He was program director and instructor of radiologic technology at SWCC from 1993-2000 and from 1975-1992. He also worked at Bristol Regional Medical Center from 1992-1993 and held other allied health posts prior to joining the staff at Southwest Virginia.
“I’m extremely excited about making the move to Virginia Highlands Community College,” said Proffitt. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in the college community and helping to move the college forward.”
Proffitt holds a doctorate from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield State College and a diploma in radiography from Holston Valley Community Hospital. He graduated from Tazewell High School.
He will become the fifth president of Virginia Highlands Community College, following Dr. F. David Wilkin, who is retiring as of June 30. Wilkin has served as president at VHCC since 1995.
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