Special to the Register & Bee

During its June meeting, the Danville Community College Board selected its new leaders for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Carlyle Wimbish, a representative from Halifax County, began his term as board chair July 1.

Telly Tucker, representing the city of Danville, began his term as vice chair that same day.

Wimbish, who joined the college board two years ago, is a retired high school business and education teacher and also served as an alumni director at a North Carolina college, headmaster at a Virginia private school, and president of a wholesale grocery firm and a retail paint firm. He formerly was licensed as a real estate and insurance agent.

Wimbish most recently worked as director of a small business center in the North Carolina Community College System and a business development center/incubator that he developed.

Wimbish serves on numerous other boards, including the Virginia Rural Center, and formerly served two four-year terms on the Southside Virginia Community College Board and two three-year terms on the Hargrave Military Academy Board of Trustees.

Tucker, who serves as director of Danville’s Office of Economic Development, joined the DCC board in 2015.

“I have completed courses from two other Virginia community colleges and they have helped equip me with skills that still serve me well today,” Tucker said. “DCC has played a critical role as part of the economic development ecosystem. DCC’s ability to demonstrate scale and capacity in both career technical and continuing education continues to be a strength in helping existing industry grow and helping attract new industry to the region.”

Tucker serves on the boards for the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Dan River Business Development Center and has earned the Certified Economic Developer Designation from the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C.

Wimbish and Tucker both said they are excited to work with DCC’s sixth president, Dr. Jacqueline Gill Powell.

“I’m looking forward to helping Dr. Gill Powell accomplish her goals as DCC’s new president and helping grow student enrollment in the region,” Tucker said. “I would like to help grow more online instructional opportunities for students that may need flexible continuing education options.”

The DCC board is comprised of nine members, with three individuals representing each of the college’s service region areas, respectively: Sheila Baynes, Frank T. Grogan III and Tucker represent Danville; Barbara Brown, Ann Cassada and John Mead represent Pittsylvania County; and Kathryn Roberts and Carlyle Wimbish represent Halifax County. The remaining vacancy representing Halifax County will be determined by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

The 2019-20 academic year will begin Thursday. New students are welcome to apply and register for classes through Wednesday online at danville.edu/getstarted.

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