History Of CVCC
In January of 1972, Dr. M. Douglas Reed was named the second president of
Central Virginia Community College. On January 1, 1974, Dr. Donald E. Puyear became
the third president of Central Virginia Community College. Construction of additional
College facilities was completed with an addition to the Amherst Hall, the
construction of the Bedford (Learning Resource Center) and the Campbell (Engineering
Technology) Halls. On January 1, 1984, Dr. Johnnie E. Merritt became the fourth
president. In 1988, the College participated in the establishment of the Region 2000
Program, which is intended to promote commercial and industrial development in the
geographic/demographic region. The College established its Quality First Program in
1989 to offer to area businesses and industries. In July 1990, Central Virginia
Community College formalized its economic development efforts by establishing a new
Center for Business, Industry and Government.
On January 1, 1992, Dr. Belle S. Wheelan became the fifth president of Central
Virginia Community College. In July 1992 a General Obligation Bond was approved and
issued by the State Legislature providing $3,500,000 to CVCC for the construction of
a new building, The Johnnie E. Merritt Hall, which became ready for occupancy in June
Dr. Darrel W. Staat became the sixth president of Central Virginia Community
College on January 4, 1999. During May 1999, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Association (AMTA) agreed to merge its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education
Center (AMTEC) with Central Virginia Community College.
On January 2, 2001, the first off-campus center of the college opened its doors to
students. The CVCC Altavista Center helped to bring the college closer to the community
in Altavista and southern Campbell County.
The CVCC Brookneal Center opened fall semester 2002. CVCC's second off campus
center serves the eastern Campbell County area.