Virginia, United States
$144,449.00 - $177,704.00
Feb 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Patrick Henry Community College offers associate degree programs to prepare individuals for transfer, as upper-division students, to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year institutions, as well as associate degree programs to prepare individuals for immediate employment in high-demand careers. In 2019-2020 the college’s annualized enrollment was 2,838 students with an annualized FTE of 1,616. In addition, PHCC provides numerous workforce programs designed to prepare students to earn an industry-recognized credential in fields such as health care, commercial driving, manufacturing, and other skilled trades.

The college serves the City of Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County with three satellite buildings in Martinsville/Henry County and three locations in Patrick County. These locations include the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Complex, the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center and FabLab, and a welding facility embedded in the Patrick County High School. The College has a number of student organizations and a vibrant and successful athletic program with over a dozen NJCAA sanctioned sports.

Patrick Henry is a proud member of Achieving the Dream as a leader college, making a long-term, sustainable commitment to improving student success.

Martinsville, a city of approximately 13,000 people, provides easy access to larger cities – about an hour’s drive to Roanoke, Virginia, to Greensboro and Winston-Salem in North Carolina, and about two hours to Charlotte, North Carolina. Martinsville is home to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Martinsville Speedway, a state-of-the-art sports complex that hosts soccer, lacrosse, flag football and more, top-notch farmer’s markets, and a lively arts scene, featuring theater, musical and community events. The area also offers outdoor activities like hiking, biking trails, boating and motor sports.

Patrick Henry Community College, one of 23 community colleges in Virginia, was founded in 1962 as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia’s School of General Studies and became an autonomous two-year college of the university two years later. The college enrolled its first students in the old Northside Elementary School in Martinsville and moved to its present campus in the fall of 1969 with the completion of the administration building. The Learning Resource Center was completed in the spring of 1971, and the college became part of the Virginia Community College System on July 1, 1971.

The Virginia Community College System aims to become a model institution for diversity and invites culturally competent professionals from all backgrounds to contribute to its aspiration of building an inclusive community where everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We understand the importance of hiring leaders and building teams that reflect the full spectrum of humanity from every race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, abilities, and more.

Success Factors
The local college board and college community have identified several areas of potential emphasis for the next leader, including prioritizing teaching, learning and student success at the forefront, and identifying and focusing on the needs of the local K-12 schools in the area and providing opportunities for partnerships. In addition, the next president will identify opportunities outside of traditional sources of tuition, fees, and state and local support to meet the needs of PHCC students and advance its mission, and build upon the college’s legacy of success in assisting the community to overcome economic downsizing and recovery. Lastly, the president will foster relationships with the area organizations to continue to provide free college access to local students.

The next president will be a skilled strategist able to envision, propose, and implement change with a proven record of engaging the College, community, and other external partners in improving student access and success. The president will develop and maintain strong leadership teams; seek continuous improvement; and foster positive change. This leader will build dynamic and successful partnerships with highly diverse stakeholders and advance fundraising efforts. Internally, she/he will ensure operational efficiency, fiscal strength, and college affordability, while building sustainability of programs to meet the needs of the students and community at large. An understanding of the mission and goals of a comprehensive community college in the 21st Century and appreciation for rural colleges are essential characteristics, along with a clear commitment to instruction, student access/success, generating revenues, community partnerships, diversity, and strategic leadership.

Qualifications for President
To accomplish the above, qualified candidates must have an earned doctorate degree and demonstrated successful senior executive experience. Previous experience must include significant responsibility for programs, budgets, personnel, facilities, and other appropriate administrative duties. The successful candidate must have proven leadership abilities along with excellent communications skills, a strong belief in a collaborative administrative style, as well as a servant leadership perspective. She/he must also have a broad vision for the College together with the skills and energy for implementation, in addition to the demonstrated ability to work with representatives from businesses, industry, the government, and the community at large.

Application Information
The search will remain open until the position is filled; however, to be considered for the initial screening, candidates should submit the below application materials by March 18, 2021 through our applicant portal at presidential search.

A complete application packet will include a cover letter, résumé/CV, and one-page statement of leadership philosophy. The leadership statement should address the applicant’s perspective on strategic risk-taking, making change, and how to fund and grow programs for the future. Additional information about the College, its community, the position, and application procedures can be found here.

The expected start date for the presidential appointee is September 1, 2021 or as soon as is practical thereafter. The salary range for this position is $144,449 – $177,704. Questions may be directed to or

The Virginia Community College System is committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture of diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The VCCS encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and those with disabilities in our effort to reflect our diverse society.



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