Special to the Register & Bee

SOUTH BOSTON — It was a day of camaraderie and collaboration as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center hosted a welcome reception for the region’s new community college presidents. Jacqueline Gill-Powell, of Danville Community College, and Quentin R. Johnson, of Southside Virginia Community College, who took the helm of their respective institutions July 1.

By virtue of their positions, they will each have a seat on the SVHEC’s Board of Trustees.

“We enjoyed a phenomenal day meeting and celebrating with our new community college presidents. Both presidents impressed me as sincere, down-to-earth, collaboratively-minded professionals who want to do what’s best for students. I’m excited to work with them to strengthen our region,” SVHEC Executive Director Betty Adams said.

DCC and SVCC are founding partners at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, with a collaboration that dates back more than 30 years. Today, the majority of students who attend classes at the center are enrolled with one or both community colleges.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center,” Johnson said.

The tour of SVHEC facilities provided Gill-Powell and Johnson with an opportunity to learn more about SVHEC, off- campus operations at the center and options for expanding the community colleges presence. A welcome reception provided community leaders and stakeholders with a chance to meet and introduce themselves to the new presidents.

“The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center provides a great opportunity for the people in Halifax County to receive a quality education at DCC and other institutions,” Gill-Powell said. “As I gain more understanding during my first year as president at DCC, I look forward to collaborating on future initiatives with SVHEC.”

“The SVHEC can’t be successful if our community college partners are not successful,” Adams said. “I pledge that the SVHEC will do everything it can to support and complement the work of our community colleges, and to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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