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New members join RCC Board

The College Board of Rappahannock Community College has recently installed two new members: James Christopher Phillips of Gloucester County and William H. Pennell, Jr., of Lancaster County.

Dr. Phillips holds the degrees of bachelor of science in business administration, master of commerce in economics and marketing, and doctor of education in higher education administration. He is retired from a varied and distinguished career, including positions as Virginia’s state coordinator for continuing education, assistant to the director of the State Council for Higher Education, deputy director of the Virginia Department of Telecommunications, Telemedia Division director for the state’s Department of Information Technology, and director of academic television services (distance learning) at Old Dominion University. In addition, he has published academic and research papers, and has also served on a number of occasions as an instructor, consultant, and lecturer, on distance learning and other subjects. He lists his interests as “motivating and helping people, and continuing my education,” as well as boating, golf, reading, gardening, and technology.

Mr. Pennell is retired from the position of Lancaster County administrator, and now acts as treasurer of “Visions,” an organization dedicated to reducing poverty and improving the lives of Lancaster and Northumberland residents, which was instrumental in promoting the creation of RCC’s year-old Kilmarnock Center. He also serves with the Northern Neck-Chesapeake Bay Region Economic Development Partnership. He acts as senior warden of his church, St. Mary’s Whitechapel, and is a member of American Legion Post # 86, and of Lancaster Union Masonic Lodge #88, A.F. & A.M., both in Kilmarnock. In addition to his interest in the economic development of the area, he enjoys fishing and hunting waterfowl.

College Board members must be residents of the area they represent, as well as providing a cross-section of the industries, businesses, and professions active in the service area of the college. All members of the board are charged with the responsibility of promoting the best interests of the entire region served by the college.



Dr. J.C. Phillips represents Gloucester County on RCC’s College Board.

William H. Pennell, Jr., represents Lancaster County on RCC’s College Board.

RCC’s College Board met on March 13. First row, left to right: Joan Faulkner, King William County; LaVonne Ellis, representing the State Board for Community Colleges; Blanche Washington, Essex County; and Keith Sadler, Mathews County. Second row, left to right: Dr. Robert Gates, King George County; Gerald Roane, Westmoreland County (chair); Stephen Tucker, Northumberland County (vice chair); and Dieter Hoinkes, Middlesex County. Third row, left to right: Dr. J.C. Phillips, Gloucester County; John Brown, Richmond County; RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; and William Pennell, Lancaster County. Not pictured: Helen Mae Kemp, King and Queen County; and Pamela Nixon, New Kent County.

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