About The President




Dr. Bruce R. Scism became Danville Community College’s fifth president on August 1, 2013.

He was born in Danville, VA, but grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Eastern Illinois University, and his Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Prior to coming to DCC, Scism was vice president of academic affairs at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN, for five years. Scism also 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, TX 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, IL (2002-2006) and as associate vice president for 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, IL, from 1998-2000.

Scism, who also earned an Illinois teaching certificate for grades 6-12, has been an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at Lake Land College and an adjunct instructor in the political science and continuing education departments at Eastern Illinois University. He previously served as an elected member of the Charleston, IL City Council from 1985-1993, and was re-elected and served 1997-2001. He has presented numerous workshops on assessments, online learning, and web design topics.

An accomplished musician, Scism is a singer and songwriter and publisher at Scism Music. He also plays piano, guitar, bass, and is learning mandolin and fiddle. He has had some success with placements in professional music libraries and has earned recognition for his music, including finalist for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year Award by Houston Fort Bend Songwriters' Association (2007). Several of his musical compositions have been nominated for “Best of Song U�?.

Scism is the son of Tom Scism of Pelham, NC, and the late Shirley Chilton Scism. He is married to Beth Scism and the couple has three children: son Joel, a police officer in Illinois; son Taylor, a recent nursing graduate of Cape Fear Community College (NC); and daughter Jaclyn, a bank employee in Illinois, who is also a singer and songwriter.


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