Presidential Search

PHCC Launches Presidential Search


On behalf of the PHCC Board, I [Janet Copenhaver] would like to express appreciation to Dr. Angeline Godwin for her outstanding leadership at Patrick Henry Community College. Dr. Godwin has announced her plans to retire on June 30, 2021. Therefore, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and PHCC Board are have launched the presidential search process.


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To assist with the presidential search process, I am requesting PHCC stakeholders to participate in a presidential search survey. PHCC sought input from students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, community leaders, and community members. The college used a survey that was open through Feb. 10 to received feedback from these constituents. The responses from the survey helped guide the VCCS in creating recruiting materials for the presidential search. {/slider1text}

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In the coming months, the VCCS will conduct a national search for PHCC’s next president.  A screening committee will be appointed by the Chancellor, and both the chair and co-chair will be VCCS presidents.  Other members will include representatives from VCCS colleges with expertise in a variety of areas, as well as PHCC Board members.  The committee’s primary responsibilities include 1) reviewing, screening, and evaluating the credentials and application materials of potential candidates; 2) selecting candidates for state-level interviews; 3) interviewing candidates; and 4) recommending semi-finalists for consideration. 

A typical presidential search will involve the top several candidates participating in a formal interview and presentation with the screening committee and meeting with the Chancellor and his Cabinet.  Three or four finalists will be selected for vetting by an independent firm and certified by the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges.  The finalists are then invited to PHCC to visit with various constituency groups in a hybrid virtual and in-person format, to meet with the candidates and provide feedback on candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. Until the announcement of finalists, the search is confidential to protect the privacy of applicants. {/slider2text}