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Dr. Carlyle Ramsey

Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey

DANVILLE, VA, May 3, 2013 – Dr. Carlyle Ramsey, retiring president of Danville Community College, will be the speaker for Danville Community College 2013 Commencement, set for Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. on the grounds near the Hill Building. All fall and spring graduates and students who will complete their studies in the summer will participate.

This year’s program includes 546 of graduates who will receive associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The number includes almost 100 high school seniors who will be receiving a General Studies Certificate and/or Associate of Arts and Science Degrees. In addition, Honorary Associate in Humane Letters degrees will be awarded to four citizens who have been strong advocates for the community college. This year’s recipients are Ann Fitzgerald Brown, The Honorable Whittington W. Clement, Ben J. Davenport Jr., and Charles A. Womack Sr. (posthumously). Scholarship recipients who are continuing their education at four-year institutions also will be recognized during the ceremony.

Ramsey, DCC’s fourth president, has been at the helm for 21 years. He is set to retire August 1, 2013. A native of South Boston, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Florida, and a Master of Science Degree and Ph.D., both in history from Florida State University. Ramsey was appointed President of Danville Community College on March 1, 1992. Prior to becoming president, Ramsey was the College’s Dean of Instruction and Student Development from 1987-1988.

He also has served in the following positions: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Virginia Community College System (VCCS), from 1989-1992; Vice President of Academic Affairs, Union College (KY), and Assistant Academic Dean and Division Chair at South Georgia College.

Ramsey serves on a number of local, regional and national boards including the Danville Development Council (former chair); Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (former chair); Danville-Pittsylvania County and Halifax County Chambers of Commerce (former chair); Institute for Advanced Learning and Research; Southern Virginia Higher Education Center; and the Rural Community College Alliance (former chair). He also served as President of the Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities. Ramsey participated in the Virginia Executive Institute and the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. He has published scholarly articles in a number of professional and trade journals.

He and his wife, Rosemary, have two children, Stephanie and David, and one granddaughter.


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