Steering Patrick Henry Community College into the next 50 years is Dr. Angeline Godwin, the third and current president.
Since joining the PHCC family on July 1, 2012, Dr. Godwin has led the college toward a future of excellence and innovation. Many new initiatives and partnerships have been created to ensure PHCC’s role in the community as a leader in education, workforce training, and entrepreneurship.
Under Dr. Godwin’s leadership, the college has seen positive trends in student engagement, renewed excitement among students, faculty, and staff, and an increase in partnerships with area businesses and organizations.
Dr. Godwin has overseen the addition of new degree specializations, course offerings, and programs. PHCC was the first community college in the nation with courses in Innovation Engineering with certified instructors, and is home to unique programs including the Cisco Academy, Siemens Mechatronics, and medical sciences.
She was instrumental in the revitalization of PHCC’s performing arts program through the creation of Patriot Players, a performing arts troupe that engages students in a structured performing arts environment, broadens the artistic talent of its members, and offers educational opportunities in stage management, lighting, sound, and other aspects of musical theatre.
In addition, Dr. Godwin has led efforts to rebrand the Patrick Henry Community College motorsports program into The Racing College, extending its reach throughout the nation and increasing its local physical footprint by more than 100,000 square feet with the purchase of a state-of-the-art facility.
Dr. Godwin makes it a priority to learn as much as possible about the needs and opportunities unique to all communities served by the college. She serves on a number of boards and committees throughout the area including the board for Phoenix Community Development Corporation, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, MHC Chamber of Commerce C-Peg, and the Tennessee Valley Corridor Leadership Council. Additionally, she serves as a presidential representative with National Junior College Athletic Association and on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.
She serves on several committees for Virginia’s Community Colleges including the VCCS Strategic Planning Task Force and VCCS Performance Task Force. She is a VCCS representative to the General and Professional Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Council of Presidents (COP) with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Before starting at PHCC, she led a group of family-owned businesses in Mississippi and worked in innovation-based economic development since 2000.
Dr. Godwin is a first-generation college graduate with a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from Florida State University, a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University, and an associate degree from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida.
She served as president of the Ashland Community and Technical College District in Ashland, KY from 1997 to 2000, and as dean of arts and sciences at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, TN.