New president named for PDCCC

Published 8:35 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2010

RICHMOND — Dr. Paul W. Conco of Bristol will become the next president of Paul D. Camp Community College, according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Conco currently serves as vice president for financial and administrative services and professor at Virginia Highlands Community College. He will assume his new post by July 1, 2010.

“I have known Paul for nearly a decade,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He is extremely capable, and I am confident he will do a terrific job leading Paul D. Camp Community College.”

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“The Paul D. Camp board is extremely pleased with the candidates that were brought to us and very pleased with the way the whole process worked,” said A. Meredith Felts Jr., chairman of the college board. “All of the finalists were well qualified to run the college. In the final analysis, we felt that Dr. Conco was the best fit for the college and for the community we serve.”

Appointed to his current post at Virginia Highlands in 2001, Conco was previously executive vice president from 1995-2000 at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky. He also served as professor of business from 1995-2001 at Campbellsville. Prior to that, he was president of Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C. from 1986 to 1993.

Conco holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in business and public administration from Central Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an associate’s degree from the Community College of Baltimore.

He will follow Dr. Douglas Boyce as the seventh president at Paul D. Camp. Boyce, who has been president since 2002, is retiring as of June 30.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Conco and the new directions he will take the college,” Felts said. “But we also express our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Boyce for his leadership. Dr. Boyce has positioned this college so that it can be of major assistance to the community during these troubled economic times.”

Paul D. Camp Community College has campuses in Franklin and Suffolk.