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Dr. Debra Holley

Dr. Debra S. Holley

DANVILLE, VA, July 7, 2015 – Dr. Debra S. Holley joins the administrative staff at Danville Community College as the Vice President for Academic and Student Services. Holley comes to DCC from Wilson (NC) Community College where she held several positions, including most recently, since 2013, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness.

“This seems like the right fit for both DCC and me. I have a background in Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS – Commission on Colleges) accreditation and instructional methods. DCC is currently undergoing a SACS review as well as growing instructionally,? Holley says. “I was also ready to get back into the instructional side of the community college system. The instructors here seem to be open to trying new methods of teaching, researching, and evaluating. One of my goals is to introduce new instructional methods.?

Holley played a leadership role in preparing Wilson for a SACS visit last fall and will provide expertise to DCC as it prepares for a visit from the accrediting agency in October. Following SACS standards is crucial because it shows the public that the college offers quality instruction, as determined by an external reviewing agency. SACS accreditation also helps a school secure Financial Aid and Pell grant funding.

The Raleigh, NC native earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, both from East Carolina University. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Education from NOVA Southeastern University.

At Wilson, Holley previously held positions as the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and General Education and Department Chair for College Transfer and General Studies. She also served as a staff psychologist at the Johnson County Mental Health Center in Smithfield, NC, and as an adjunct psychology instructor at Wake Technical Community College. Taking on the role of vice president for academic and student services was the next logical career step for Holley.

“I see a lot of opportunity for DCC and Danville. I think the community college is going to be a catalyst for bringing in industry,? Holley explains. “I want to be part of that growth and development here. Because I have connections to the area, it is more meaningful to me.?
She is married to Don Holley, a Tunstall High School graduate who has family members in Pittsylvania County. The couple has two children, a son and a daughter.

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