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NRCC to install first female president

New River Community College is installing the first female president in its 49-year history Sept. 14.

Dr. Patricia B. Huber will officially become the Dublin college’s sixth president during an inauguration ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. in 117 Edwards Hall.

Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia Community College System, announced Huber’s appointment as president in April 2017. She began her duties in July of that year.

Inaugurations for institutions in Virginia Community College System are held each time a new president is appointed, usually 12-16 months into a presidency.

With 25 years of full-time employment at NRCC, Huber served as vice president for instruction and student services for 10 years before being named president. She also held other roles including interim vice president for instruction and student services, dean of arts and sciences, assistant division chair for the division of arts and sciences, and instructor/assistant professor of English. She earned a doctorate in community college leadership from Old Dominion University in 2006 while serving as NRCC’s dean of arts and sciences.

Huber earned teaching credentials and a bachelor’s degree in English from Emory and Henry College in 1976, then became a high school teacher in Smyth and Wythe counties. During that time she earned a master’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University. After a move to Pulaski in 1987, she taught full-time at Pulaski County High School and part time at NRCC in dual enrollment and evening programs.

She resides in Pulaski with her husband, Peter. She enjoys being a member of Pulaski Rotary Club and participating in community activities. She also serves on various committees and the leadership council of First United Methodist Church, and the board of directors and scholarship committee for Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

“The inauguration represents not only a recognition of Dr. Huber’s presidency, but also an opportunity to celebrate New River Community College and its importance to the community,” says Dr. Mark Rowh, vice president for workforce development and external relations. Delegates from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth will be attending along with other guests. The event is open to the public.

For event details visit www.nr.edu/inauguration.





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