Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced Monday that Dr. Jacqueline M. Gill, currently of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has been hired as the next permanent president of Danville Community College. She will assume the role at the beginning of July.
Gill’s selection caps off a national search that attracted 80 applicants.
“Along with her energy and passion for the community college mission, Jacqueline Gill brings with her a tremendous background in workforce development,” said DuBois. “Further, I’m impressed with her experience working in multiple states. The Danville region is experiencing a renaissance, and I’m excited to see what role the college can play in that with her as its president.”
Gill has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. She began her career as the director of continuing education for the NE Campus of Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. In 2010, she became the college’s vice president of academic affairs and community and industry education.
Gill moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 2016 where she became the president of Metropolitan Community College.
Prior to working in higher education, she worked for seven years as a social worker in the greater Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area, including two years of recruiting candidates from underserved populations into health care career fields for the Dallas Fort Worth Area Health Education Center in Irving, Texas.
Gill earned a doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a separate master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gill as the new president of Danville Community College. Having once been a community college student herself, Dr. Gill understands the value it holds for its students and the community it serves,” said Chris Eastwood, chair of the Danville Community College local board. “She has an extensive background in workforce development and is committed to student success whether building skills for a technical trade or for further academic study. We look forward to the passion and energy Dr. Gill will bring to the collaborative effort to continue the economic transformation of the Dan River Region.”
Gill succeeds Dr. Bruce Scism, the college’s fifth president, who retired at the end of 2018 after serving in that role for five years. Dr. Betty Jo Foster has served as the college’s interim president since January.
Founded in 1966, Danville Community College serves 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.