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Meet President Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, and her leadership team here at Rappahannock Community College.

Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, President
President Elizabeth CrowtherDr. Elizabeth Crowther became president of Rappahannock Community College in 2004.

Dr. Crowther earned her BA and MA in English from Virginia Tech, where she received the 1981 Certificate for Teaching Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences. Her doctorate in higher education administration is from the College of William & Mary. Crowther worked in banking and investments, taught as an English adjunct at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served as assistant to the dean of the School of Education at William & Mary, before enjoying administrative positions at Rappahannock, Lord Fairfax, and Blue Ridge Community Colleges. Before returning to Rappahannock as president, Crowther was Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Blue Ridge.

Crowther is a native of the Northern Neck, currently living on the farm where she grew up. She enjoys being near family and friends, boating and racing sailboats, bicycling, traveling, and music.

A. D. Alexander, V.P. of Instruction and Student Development
Dr. Donna AlexanderDr. Donna Alexander serves RCC as its vice president of instruction and student development. She joined the college at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, reports directly to RCC president Dr. Elizabeth Crowther. Dr. Alexander holds the degrees of bachelor of arts in English (graduating cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Honors Program), master of science in psychology, and doctor of philosophy in psychology, also from VCU. During her years as a graduate student at VCU, she worked part time as an academic and career counselor, instructor of English as a second language, and adult education tutor. Before moving into her first full-time teaching appointment, she spent five years as a grant-funded research specialist at VCU’s Medical College of Virginia.

In addition to these positions, her 22 years of experience in higher education includes administration, institutional effectiveness, training (including diversity and interpersonal skills training), public speaking, leadership development, curriculum development, assessment and planning, research, collecting and analyzing statistics, and technical writing.

Since 1992, Dr. Alexander has served the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in several roles. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (as well as Virginia Commonwealth University, Randolph Macon University, and the University of Richmond) and has since held two full-time faculty appointments with the VCCS, first as an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and then as a professor at John Tyler Community College, where she later served as the dean of arts and sciences, then dean of mathematics and natural and behavioral sciences.Dr. Alexander is married, with three sons and one daughter.

D. Kim McManus, V.P. of Finance and Administrative Services
Kim McManusRaised in the Tidewater, Va. region and calling Virginia Beach home, D. Kim McManus has lived on or near the water more often than not. That includes Ocean City and Baltimore, Md., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Dewey and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Since 2006 he has been living in Irvington on the Northern Neck along with his wife, Beth and son, Nash, and daughter Emma. Kim graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Communication Arts.

Following that he embarked on a long career in the restaurant business. He worked as a manager for regional and national restaurant chains and for independent entrepreneurs. Additionally, he worked a sales and marketing for multi-national communications and hospitality corporations. For a time Kim, launched and operated his own restaurant, retail store, and catering operation.

Along the way he earned a Masters of Business Administration from Averett University. In 2004 he transitioned into a career in higher education becoming the Business Manager of the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. He currently serves RCC as the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services.


Jason Perry, V.P. of Workforce and Community Development
Jason PerryJason earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. As a former high school and middle school technology educator, public school administrator, and career/adult education director, his knowledge and experience within K-16 programs including occupational technical training programs positioned him to become the Vice President for Workforce and Community Development at Rappahannock Community College in December 2009.

He serves on several community and governmental boards including the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, local chambers of commerce, Middlesex County Rotary Club, and the Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board. He is also actively involved in LEAD Northern Neck which is a local activist group focusing on leadership, economic and workforce development.

Jason oversees a variety of workforce development programs including Northern Neck Adult Education, Middle College, WIA Youth Services, Dupont Summer Youth Employment program and the RCC Regional Education Consortium. Consequently, RCC Workforce Development has expanded exponentially during the past four years with increased staffing levels. Through leveraging of grants and foundation funding, RCC Workforce Center has worked hard to meet the needs of participants in the region who may have multiple barriers to employment.

Jason lives in Mathews County with his wife, Kathryn and two sons, Mason and Jack.


Cherie N. Carl, Director of College Advancement
Cherie N. CarlCherie N. Carl is director of college advancement at RCC and is responsible for coordination and administration of external fundraising programs and efforts that support the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the college. She works with the Educational Foundation and its board members to promote stewardship activities, manage the foundation budget and scholarship funds. She has held this position since February 2014. She was previously Dean of Learning Resources at RCC from June 2008 to February 2013. In this position, she was responsible for managing all library services for the college and served as the director of Richmond County Public Library in a joint collaboration at the Warsaw campus library. She was responsible for the management of all college testing services. She taught SDV classes and collaborated with faculty regarding information literary and assessment efforts at RCC.

Prior to moving to Northern Neck in 2008, Cherie and her husband Keith lived in VA Beach VA where she worked in higher education and libraries including Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s of arts degree from Lynchburg College.

Cherie is an active member of the Warsaw Rotary Club and involved in many community events and projects.

Glenda D. Haynie, Dean of Research, Effectiveness, and Planning
Glenda HaynieDr. Glenda Haynie serves RCC as its Dean of Research, Effectiveness, and Planning and has since July 2011.

Dr. Haynie holds the degrees of bachelor of arts in mathematics from Lynchburg College and master of arts in mathematics from Penn State University, in addition to her doctorate, in mathematics education with a minor in statistics, from North Carolina State University. As well as teaching math at the high school and college level for almost four decades, she has attained National Board Certification in adolescent and young adult mathematics, and has most recently been employed as senior administrator in the evaluation and research department of Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, North Carolina (the largest school system in its state). A native Virginian, Haynie was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, near Staunton.

The Haynies have two grown children, a son and a daughter, both college graduates in math-related fields. In her spare time, Dr. Haynie enjoys needlework, reading, and traveling.

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