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Dr. 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 Alexander serves RCC as its vice president of instruction and student development and serves as the chief academic officer. 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.

William E. Doyle, Jr., Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Following a 38 year career in banking and financial services, Bill joined RCC in January 2016 as Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services. During his banking career, he served in a variety of line and staff leadership roles in major regional banks and community banking companies. Bill has previously led three publicly traded Virginia-based community banking companies, worked with organizing groups to start new community banks, and been engaged in financial services consulting. Past community service has included United Way, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), MotherNet Healthy Families Loudoun, Midlothian Athletic Association, and Western Loudoun Optimist Club. Bill received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and an MBA from Duke University, and is also a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and Leadership Charlottesville.

Bill is attracted to RCC and community college administration because of the community-based mission and purpose of the College. Similar to community banks, RCC works in partnership with local governments and businesses to contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities. As a unique resource and asset to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions, RCC is in the “dreams and aspirations” business, helping local citizens and communities achieve their dreams and aspirations by providing high quality educational programs and workforce skills training, and actively supporting economic development in its twelve-county service region.

Bill and his wife, Pam, have three grown daughters and three grandchildren. They enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports with their family and friends.

Glenda D. Haynie, Dean of Research, Effectiveness, and Planning

Dr. 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.

Jason Perry, V.P. of Workforce and Community Development

Jason 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.

Sarah Pope, Dean of College Advancement

Sarah Dillard Pope serves RCC as its Dean of College Advancement and leads the efforts of the RCC Educational Foundation. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts in art history from the College of William & Mary, a master of historic preservation from the University of Georgia, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She has 20 years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations in the areas of non-profit board development, strategic planning, educational programming, and annual fund and capital campaign development.

Sarah has worked for national, state, and local institutions including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, the Virginia Main Street Program, and most recently the Menokin Foundation in Warsaw, Virginia as its Executive Director for 10 years. She has a special interest in community planning, heritage education, and the revitalization of historic buildings as an economic and workforce development tool and has led several courses through the Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning on these topics.

A native of the Middle Peninsula, Sarah lives in Essex County with her husband Nathan and teenage son and daughter. Sarah was honored to be hired in late 2015 as RCC’s Dean of College of Advancement, a position that gives her the opportunity to help fellow community members access high-quality educational experiences, preparing them for success as learners, employees, and citizens of the 21st century.

Caroline Stelter, Director of Human Resources

Caroline Stelter serves Rappahannock Community College as the Director of the Human Resources Department, a role that she has filled since January of 2005. In her position, Caroline reports directly to the president and is responsible for implementing policies and procedures for faculty and staff, as well as providing strategic direction and consultation to administrative, professional, teaching faculty, support staff, retirees, and internal and external departmental customers.

Prior to this position, Caroline served Bon Secours Health System in Richmond, Va. from 1998 to 2004.

Caroline earned her BA from the University of Virginia, and is completing her MS from Western Governors University. Caroline is certified both as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

She enjoys watching football, biking, the beach and spending time with her family.