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State Board Committee Certifies Finalist for President at VHCC
VCCS Press Release
Posted Date: 5/5/2014

Jeffrey Kraus
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Public Relations
(804) 592-6767  

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified an additional finalist for the position of president at Virginia Highlands Community College.

Dr. Gene C. Couch, Jr., of Burlington, N.C., is currently executive vice president at Alamance Community College in Graham, N.C., a position he has held since June 2011. He was vice president for instruction and student services at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, N.C. from 2005-2010 and was vice president for instructional services from 1999-2005, after also serving as chair of the health sciences division there and program director for radiography. He holds an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., master’s degrees from Western Carolina University and a doctorate from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit