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Presidential Search Finalists Announced for Danville Community College


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RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Danville Community College.

The finalists  include the following:

Dr. Bruce R. Scism is currently vice president of academic affairs at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, a position he has held since 2008. He served as interim president at Volunteer State from October 2011 to May 2012. He was chief academic officer at Lee College, a comprehensive community college in Baytown, Texas from 2006-2008, where he directed academic affairs including transfer, technical/vocational programs, and workforce development. Previously he served as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., (2002-2006) and as associate vice president –instructional technology at Triton College (2001-2002). He was coordinator of the Illinois Prairie Higher Education Consortium and the Illinois Prairie Internet Consortium from 1999-2001, and served as director of virtual learning at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., from 1998-2000. He has a doctorate from the University of Illinois; as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Dr. Mark A. Smith is currently vice president for educational services and chief academic officer at Temple College in Temple, Texas, a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as associate vice president for distance education at Temple from 2006-2010 and was director of student affairs and distance learning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, Mississippi from 2003-2006, where he had also served as distance learning coordinator, software manager and workforce training coordinator. He holds a doctorate from Capella University in Minneapolis, a master’s in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and associate’s degrees from the Community College of the Air Force and from Fort Steilacoom Community College (now Pierce college) in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. William Stoy is currently serving as special assistant to the president at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Georgia, a new university created in January 2013 with the merger of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College. He was previously president at Middle Georgia College from 2008-2013. Prior to that he was vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty and professor of biology at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia from 1999-2008. He served as chair of the science and mathematics division and as associate professor of biology at Darton College in Albany, Georgia, from 1989-1999, and also taught at Bismarck State College from 1978-1989. He has a doctorate from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota; a master’s degree from Miami University; a bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in Covington, Kentucky; and an associate’s degree from Bismarck Junior College.

Dr. Richard Penny is currently vice chancellor for advancement and external relations at the University of Washington-Bothell, a position he has held since 2008. Previously he served as interim executive director of advancement for the Seattle Community College District and as interim executive director at the Seattle Community College District Foundation at Seattle Community College from 2007-2008. He was executive director of fund development at Seattle Community College, and executive director of the foundation, from 2003-2007. He holds a doctorate in psychology and neurobiology from Duke University, an MBA from City University in Seattle and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University.


Candidates will attend interviews at DCC; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make the appointment in May.


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