Rappahannock Community College on July 1 welcomed Dr. Shannon Kennedy as its fourth president following the retirement of Dr. Elizabeth Crowther.
Dr. Kennedy’s first week was filled with “meet and greets” with staff and students. “I already feel the family atmosphere and folks are clearly proud of RCC and the individual work they perform,” she said.
During her first two months, Dr. Kennedy was welcomed as a guest at many of the region’s Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce meetings while familiarizing herself with the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck and its citizens. Her focus has been on getting to know RCC’s staff and faculty, members of the board and educational foundation board, school superintendents, and others who are invested in RCC.
“I have planned my days so community events are in the mornings or evenings so I can be on-campus as much as possible during the day,” said Dr. Kennedy. “I’m really getting to know people and understand all that we are doing.”
Dr. Kennedy is excited about the academic year which began Monday, August 26. In October, RCC will kick-off the strategic planning process charting a course for the next several years. Other initiatives include an enrollment management plan to connect to the strategic plan helping the college recruit, retain and re-engage students.
Between meetings and community events, Dr. Kennedy has been busy relocating her family to the area. “I’m very excited to be here and love the beautiful rivers, fresh seafood and the friendly people. I am looking forward to getting my entire family settled and locating a permanent home in the region,” she said.
On January 9, 2020, RCC will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the first local board meeting designating the area’s first higher education institution.
From the 8/29/19 issue of the Rappahannock Record.