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Posted Date: 5/8/2014

Community members were invited to the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College on Wednesday, May 7, for an open forum featuring Dr. Gene C. Couch Jr., a finalist for the job of VHCC President.

Dr. Gene Couch

The forum was held in the Keyser-Aday Theatre in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) at 3 p.m. and included a presentation by Dr. Couch and a question/answer session.

Dr. Couch 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.

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Other finalists for the job are:

  • Dr. Susan Short, who is currently associate vice president for engagement at Virginia Tech, a position she has held since 2011. She holds a doctorate from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from Shippensburg University and bachelor’s degree from the Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.
  • Dr. Barbara Fuller,who is currently vice president for academic and student services at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech, a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College.

Dr. Short and Dr. Fuller visited campus earlier this month. Dr. John Hogan of Indiana was also named a finalist, but withdrew to accept another position.

Chancellor Glenn DuBois of Virginia’s Community Colleges hopes to make an appointment later this month. The new president will replace Dr. Ron E. Proffitt, who is retiring on June 30 after four years with Virginia Highlands.