RCC President Elizabeth Crowther Announces Retirement Plans

Rappahannock Community College President Elizabeth Crowther Announces Retirement Plans

RCC President Elizabeth Crowther pictured on the banks of the Rappahannock River. “The Downing Bridge in the background has symbolized connection for the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck for generations. Our bridges connect us to commerce and trade, jobs, education, healthcare, friends and family,” says Crowther.

 

GLENNS AND WARSAW, VA (November 29, 2018): After fourteen years as Rappahannock Community College’s President, Elizabeth (Sissy) Crowther announced her intention to retire to faculty, staff and local media.

“Welcoming change has allowed RCC to transform into a nationally recognized model for rural higher education. And because I feel change makes us stronger, it is easier to tell you that I will retire June 30, 2019.”

“Since 2004, it has been my pleasure and privilege to help craft a Rappahannock Community College that is truthful to its founders’ values, and yet has grown to become recognized–regionally, statewide, and nationally–for its programs, services, and role in regional economic and community development.” Crowther accentuated the positive timing of her retirement and transitioning to a new RCC president.

“Rappahannock Community College will achieve its 50th anniversary on January 9, 2020. The year will produce special opportunities to celebrate the College’s legacy by reconnecting alumnae/i, raising funds, and bringing in new friends. Introducing a new RCC president will be a grand way to mark this place in our history. RCC is at the top of its form, and I could not be more proud of my faculty and staff, and the condition of the College this new president will inherit. Rappahannock Community College is well-positioned for this change.”

Crowther’s retirement plans include tending to family responsibilities, serving on professional boards and consulting, working the family farm near Reedville, pursuing personal interests and travel. She will continue to support the College. “My life has come full circle,” says Crowther.

A Northern Neck native, Crowther grew up on Bruington Farm in Northumberland County. Her late father, Rudolph Prosser Crowther Sr., was president and then chairman of Lillian Lumber Company in Northumberland County. He served on the Rappahannock Community College local board in the 1980s, where he exercised his financial and facilities expertise in higher education, a cause in which he fervently believed.

“My father was so enthusiastic about the educational opportunities available through RCC. He understood how education and advanced training could positively impact the lives of people living in our rural region,” says Crowther.

After graduating from St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Crowther attended Virginia Tech where she earned her BA and later MA in English. “After college, I moved to Richmond and went into financial services. At that time, it was a good option for a woman who wanted to advance in a career. My firm partnered with J Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges to provide educational programs for its employees. I saw adults who had never attended college successfully complete classes, earn certificates and degrees, changing their lives for the better and expanding their job opportunities. Inspired, I shifted my career focus from banking to working in the community college system.”

Advancing in an academic career usually required candidates to “come up” through the ranks of academia. So, Crowther applied and was accepted into a doctoral program at the College of William and Mary. She also gained additional experience working for the Dean of Education while enrolled at W&M. There she became good friends with fellow student Robert Griffin who was the academic dean at RCC’s Glenns campus. When a job became available at RCC, Griffin encouraged Crowther to apply.

“My first job at RCC was basically research and effectiveness and whatever else was needed,” says Crowther. In 1993, Crowther advanced to a new position as Head of Instruction at Lord Fairfax Community College that serves the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions of Virginia. After more than seven years at Lord Fairfax, Crowther joined Blue Ridge Community College as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

“I had worked at Blue Ridge for over three years when the position for President of Rappahannock Community College became open. I knew the college and many of the faculty and staff. I knew the community. Everything fell into place. I was offered the job. So, in 2004, I moved back to my Northern Neck homeplace on Bruington Farm and returned to Rappahannock Community College as its third president.”

Since 2004, Crowther has provided leadership and oversight for College and community initiatives. They include growing the Educational Foundation’s assets from $1 million to $11 million; total facility renovations at both the Glenns and Warsaw campuses; adding satellite sites in Kilmarnock and New Kent; expanding partnerships with community organizations, agencies, and businesses including the establishment of LEAD Northern Neck; and providing focused resources on relevant programs, world-class technology and equipment for instruction and OT training–just to name a few.

Always quick to be inclusive, Crowther acknowledged that the many accomplishments realized over the last 14 years required the talents and efforts of many people.

“With the support and participation of RCC’s College and Educational Foundation boards, faculty and staff, school superintendents, local government and businesses, we have made courageous decisions, developed substantial resources to support our mission, and honed our skills to increase access and success for students.”

ENG 112 D9B College Composition II

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete ENG 111 or its equivalent, and must be able to use word processing software.
Prerequisites: ENG 111

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 52419 SECTION: D9B SESSION: 15W
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Burroughs CREDITS: 3.00
COURSE PREFIX: ENG CATALOG NUMBER: 112
LOCATION: Distance Learning DAYS: Online ROOM NUMBER:

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MTH 195 D7A Topics In Mathematics

COURSE DESCRIPTION: MTH 195

STATUS: FULL

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 52369 SECTION: D7A SESSION: 15W
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Mosca CREDITS: 1
COURSE PREFIX: MTH CATALOG NUMBER: 195
LOCATION: Distance Learning DAYS: Online ROOM NUMBER:

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EMS 212 33A Leadership and Professional Development

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses on the development of leadership within the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), topics include civic engagement, personal wellness, resource management, ethical considerations in leadership and research. Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 52311 SECTION: 33A SESSION: 8W2
INSTRUCTOR: Ellen Vest CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE PREFIX: EMS CATALOG NUMBER: 212
LOCATION: KILMARNOCK DAYS: T ROOM NUMBER: KIL2

CLASS TIMES: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

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RCC Educational Foundation reaches $11.2 million in assets

Rappahannock Community College and Foundation Impact Report.

The 2017-18 Rappahannock Community College (RCC) Impact Report (December 2018), states that assets of the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc. have reached more than $11.2 million.

College President Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther commented, “The Foundation assets have grown significantly over the last 15 years, which is extraordinary considering that much of that time we experienced an economic recession.  The philanthropic support of our area residents and businesses continues to amaze me.”

In 2003, the RCC Educational Foundation had $1.7 million in assets and grew to $11.2 million in 2018—an increase that results in a direct impact on students.  In 2003, the Foundation provided $109,000 in scholarships and for this past academic year it provided close to $600,000 in scholarships to more than 300 students.

President Crowther elaborates, “We want to make it possible for any student with the ability and desire to learn to attend and receive an award from RCC through scholarships and state and federal financial aid programs such as Pell and WIOA.”

Student Mariyah Bland, an aspiring nurse from King George County, tells her story in the 2017-18 RCC Impact Report.  “I took college English as a dual enrollment student in high school. I was able to work at my own pace and take online classes. Now I’m working on my nursing prerequisites as an RCC freshman.”

Bland is paying for her program with an RCC scholarship. “I stress about paying for classes. The great thing about RCC is that they want me to graduate without debt.”

The scholarship application for the 2019-20 academic year is open until February 15, 2019.  Students need to complete just one online application (www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships) to qualify for more than 100 different scholarships earmarked specifically for RCC students.

If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a scholarship, go to: www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships or contact Sarah Pope, RCC EFI Executive Director at spope@rappahannock.edu or 804-333-6705.

EMS 169 01A Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prepares the student for certification as a pediatric advanced life support provider as defined by the American Heart Association. Covers primary assessment and emergency care of infants and children.

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 51847 SECTION: 01A SESSION: DYN
INSTRUCTOR: Melanie Miller CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE PREFIX: EMS CATALOG NUMBER: 169
LOCATION: GLENNS DAYS: FSFS ROOM NUMBER: 0152

CLASS TIMES: 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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EMS 165 01A Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: EMS 165 Prepares for certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life provider. Follows course as defined by the American Heart Association.

Corequisites: EMS 100and EMS 153

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 51848 SECTION: 01A SESSION: DYN
INSTRUCTOR: Ellen Vest CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE PREFIX: EMS CATALOG NUMBER: 165
LOCATION: GLENNS DAYS: FS ROOM NUMBER: 0152

CLASS TIMES: 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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EMS 164 01A Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Covers current topics of care for adult patients suffering extensive medical conditions and emergencies, and offers certification as an Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) as defined by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 51844 SECTION: 01A SESSION: DYN
INSTRUCTOR: Seth Craig CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE PREFIX: EMS CATALOG NUMBER: 164
LOCATION: GLENNS DAYS: FSFS ROOM NUMBER: 0152

CLASS TIMES: 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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EMS 163 01A Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prepares for certification as a Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider as defined by the American College of Surgeons. Prerequisites: EMS 111 or equivalent.

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 51846 SECTION: 01A SESSION: DYN
INSTRUCTOR: Seth Craig CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE PREFIX: EMS CATALOG NUMBER: 163
LOCATION: GLENNS DAYS: FSFS ROOM NUMBER: 0152

CLASS TIMES: 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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SPA 202 D7B Intermediate Spanish II

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continues to develop understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. May include oral drill and practice. Lecture 4 hours per week. May include one additional hour of oral practice per week.

Prerequisite: SPA 201 or Academic Dean Approval

STATUS: OPEN

SPRING 2019: COURSE DETAILS
CLASS # 51852 SECTION: D7B SESSION: DYN
INSTRUCTOR: Martha Davis CREDITS: 3
COURSE PREFIX: SPA CATALOG NUMBER: 202
LOCATION: Distance Learning DAYS: Online ROOM NUMBER:

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NOTES: Offered through shared services. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent. 4th eight-week online course. Starts March 18. All SSDL courses are closed to enrollment the day before the course begins. NO LATE ENROLLMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Contact lclark@rappahannock.edu for help. Last day to drop with a refund: March 26th

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