Veteran Danville educator named interim president at DCC

(Richmond, Va.) — Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced Thursday that he is naming Dr. Betty Jo Foster as the interim president of Danville Community College (DCC), effective at the beginning of 2019.

Foster is a familiar face throughout the Danville region having worked at DCC for 36 years before retiring as the college’s academic vice president in 2004. She has also served stints as the interim president of Central Virginia Community College, in Lynchburg, and as the interim president and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Foster began as a DCC professor in 1971. She ascended through the college’s ranks, becoming its vice president for academic and student services in 1993 – a position she held through her retirement in 2004. She served as the interim president of CVCC for six months in 1998. Beginning in August 2017, she served as the interim president and CEO of the Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for five months. Foster holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University; a master’s degree from Virginia Tech; and a doctorate from NOVA University.

Foster replaces Dr. Bruce Scism who announced in September that he is
retiring at the end of the calendar year after more than five years as DCC president.

A national search will begin in early 2019 to hire the next DCC president. That process typically takes six to nine months to complete.