The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) invites applications and nominations for the presidency of Germanna Community College (GCC). The college was established in 1970 and is a comprehensive community college providing quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities for the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
The College is governed by policies set by the State Board for Community Colleges with support and advice from the Germanna College Board. Primary funding for the College is provided by tuition and the state, supplemented by contributions from local communities. The College serves over 12,000 students a year, with superior faculty and staff dedicated to creating a premier learning environment. The College takes pride in its effective participatory governance structures and processes.
After 10 years of distinguished leadership and service, Dr. David A. Sam, Germanna’s 5th president, has announced plans to retire at the end of June 2017. Several priorities and key characteristics have been identified for the next president: the ability to a) provide strong leadership, effective decision-making, engagement with the entire community, foster positive interpersonal relationships, and advocate passionately for community college education; b) increase enrollment and retention, including through developing new programs based on the needs of the region and strengthening student success programs in support of Complete 2021, our strategic plan; c) demonstrate financial acumen and fundraising prowess, including leveraging networks of key constituencies; and d) attract, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
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, new ideas, and involvement. This leader will build successful partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, and advance fundraising efforts. Internally, she/he will ensure operational efficiency, fiscal strength, and college affordability. Having a record of increasing diversity and supporting underrepresented groups will serve the new president well, as will experience establishing new facilities to meet the unmet needs of the service area.
Qualifications for President
To successfully accomplish the above, qualified candidates must have an earned doctorate and demonstrated successful senior executive experience at the highest levels. 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. He or she must have an understanding of the mission and goals of a comprehensive community college in the 21st Century, along with a clear commitment to instruction, student success, generating revenues, and community involvement. He or she must be able to develop a broad vision for the College along with possessing the skills and energy needed for implementation. Demonstrated ability to work with business, industry, government and the community at large is required.
The search will remain open until the position is filled; however, to be considered for the initial screening, candidates should submit application materials by January 3, 2017. Information about the college, its community, the position, and application procedures can be found at http://www.vccs.edu/careers/gcc-presidential-search/.
A complete application packet will include a cover letter, résumé/CV, and a 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. The salary range for this position is $152,863 - $229,946; the VCCS also offers a competitive benefits and perquisites package. Questions may be directed to 804-819-4685.