PVCC will interview four finalists for the position of president. Interviews will take place during the weeks of April 4 and April 11, 2022. Finalists will meet with constituent groups including students, staff, faculty, administration, and community leaders. View the finalist's Itinerary.
|Dr. Patrick Tompkins||April 4 and 5|
|Dr. Julie Leidig||April 6 and 7|
|Dr. Jean Runyon||April 11 and 12|
|Dr. Walt Tobin||April 13 and 14|
|Dr. Patrick Tompkins is vice president for Academic, Student and Workforce Education at Eastern Shore Community College in Virginia, a role he has held since 2019. From 2013 to 2018, he worked at Thomas Nelson Community College as a dean and then provost at the Historic Triangle Campus. From 1993 to 2013, he taught at John Tyler Community College, where he was an associate professor. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from Iowa State University, a master’s degree of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate from Old Dominion University.|
|Dr. Julie Leidig is provost of the Loudoun Campus at Northern Virginia Community College, a role she has held since 2010. She served as the vice president of Instruction from 2004 to 2010 at Lone Star College in Texas. Starting in 1996, she worked at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Division of Community and Technical Colleges, where she held several roles, including program director, assistant director of instructional programs and director of instructional programs. She began her career as an instructional administrator and faculty member in Japan, teaching English as a Foreign Language. Leidig earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and two master’s degrees and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.|
|Dr. Jean Runyon is the campus vice president of Front Range Community College in Colorado, where she is the top executive of the Larimer campus, a role she has had since 2015. From 2007 to 2015, she worked at Anne Arundel Community College, holding successive leadership roles in the college’s Learning Advancement and the Virtual Campus. Prior to this in 2000, she became the director of the Innovative Teaching Center at the College of Southern Maryland where she was also a professor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University, her master’s degree from George Washington University, and her doctorate from North Central University.|
|Dr. Walt Tobin is president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina, a position he has held since 2011. Before becoming president, Tobin had served the institution as vice president for academic affairs, from 2002 to 2011, and held a role as interim president at Denmark Technical College. Before starting his higher education career, Tobin held several positions in secondary education in South Carolina, including high school principal, assistant principal, and math instructor. Tobin earned his bachelor’s degree at Clemson University, his master’s degree, Education Specialist degree, and his doctorate at the University of South Carolina.|
Candidate Success Factors and Qualifications
PVCC seeks the following qualities in the next president:
PVCC's next president will focus on increasing student success rates in terms of retention, completion, and/or transfer. She/he will increase student access to college courses, programs, and services. The president will ensure the financial position of the college through public and private support and sound fiscal management.
This leader will continue the successes the college has experienced in developing partnerships with business, industry, government, and the community. The next president will set a clear vision and direction for the future. The president should possess strategic and visionary thinking ability to lead and engage the college through the implementation of the strategic plan. The president will drive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals and priorities from the top, resulting in expanded DEI efforts across the college.
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 is essential, along with a clear commitment to excellence in teaching, student access/success, generating revenue, community partnerships, diversity, strategic leadership, and the principles of shared governance.
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.