FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Release Highlights:
· Dr. John Capps selected as next president of Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg.
· Dr. Capps is vice president of academic and student affairs at VWCC in Roanoke.
· He will assume his new post in March 2011.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for
John Capps to Become President at
Central Virginia Community College
RICHMOND – Dr. John S. Capps of Roanoke has been selected to become the next president of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) in Lynchburg, Virginia, announced Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Capps is vice president of academic and student affairs at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, and recently served as interim president at Lord Fairfax Community College while a presidential search was under way there. He will assume his new post about March 1, 2011, according to DuBois.
“I’ve worked with John during my entire tenure as chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges,” DuBois said. “He is an outstanding administrator and I’m confident he will do a terrific job at CVCC.”
“On behalf of the college board and community, we feel a very robust and thorough process yielded an excellent group of candidates,” said Martin F. Giudice, chair of the college board at CVCC. “After receiving excellent input from the college and community, we believe this appointment will provide the leadership required to take CVCC forward in the manner of excellence that we, as a community, were looking for and have come to expect.”
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” Capps said. “CVCC enjoys an enviable reputation for academic excellence, and its workforce development programs are second to none. I am honored to count myself as the newest member of this outstanding institution, and I look forward to serving the college community as we work together to advance the mission of CVCC and meet the needs of Region 2000.”
Capps has served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Virginia Western since 2002, after serving in a number of leadership positions at that college, including chair and dean of the division of humanities; director of distance learning; interim dean of the divisions of health technology, natural sciences and mathematics; interim director of development; and program head of the English Department. He began at VWCC as an English instructor in 1978.
He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech.
Capps will follow Dr. Darrell Staat as president at CVCC. Staat left earlier this year to become chancellor of the community and technical college system in South Carolina. Dr. Cynthia Bambara of Lord Fairfax Community College has been serving as interim president at CVCC and will continue in that position until Capps assumes his new post.
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About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, Virginia’s Community Colleges are 23 individual schools located on 40 campuses across the Commonwealth. Nearly half a million students take classes at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Together the colleges enroll more than two-thirds of the total public undergraduate population in Virginia. For more information, please visit myfuture.vccs.edu.