New Board Chair, Vice Chair Announced

Danville, Va., August 9, 2019 — During their June meeting, the Danville Community College (DCC) Board selected its new leaders for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

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

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

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Mr. Carlyle Wimbish Mr. Telly Tucker

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 was formerly 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. I’m honored to serve as vice chair for the coming year. I believe DCC is a model community college in Virginia and I will strive to continue to build on the reputation that my predecessors have established.”

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., the Virginia Economic Development Association’s Community Economic Development Award, the Southern Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award, and the Virginia Municipal League Achievement Award.

Wimbish and Tucker both said that 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 explained. “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: Mrs. Sheila Baynes, Dr. Frank T. Grogan III, and Mr. Telly Tucker represent the City of Danville, Mrs. Barbara Brown, Mrs. Ann Cassada, and Mr. John Mead represent Pittsylvania County, and Mrs. Kathryn Roberts and Mr. Carlyle Wimbish represent Halifax County. The remaining vacancy representing Halifax County will be determined by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

The 2019-2020 academic year will begin on Thursday, August 22. New students are welcome to apply and register for classes through Wednesday, August 21, and can do so at danville.edu/getstarted.

Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the state-wide Virginia Community College System. DCC's service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. For more information about the college’s more than 100 programs of study, visit www.danville.edu.

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