College board members visit PDCCC Suffolk campus

Published 7:42 pm Thursday, June 9, 2011

State board member William Talley III, left, and chairman of the state board Nathaniel Marshall, right, join Paul D. Camp Community College President Paul W. Conco during a welcoming reception on Tuesday.

Two members of the State Board for Community Colleges came to Franklin and Suffolk this week to visit the local campuses of Paul D. Camp Community College.

Nathaniel X. Marshall, chairman of the state board, and William H. Talley III, a member of the board, traveled to the area on Tuesday. They were welcomed with a reception at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin with student ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa president Zachary Gurganus, members of the PDCCC Local Board, PDCCC Foundation Board and the President’s Advisory Council attending.

An overview of the college was given by its president, Dr. Paul W. Conco.

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The board members went on tours of the workforce building and main campus and had lunch at The Elms, the home place of the college’s namesake, Paul D. Camp. After a brief driving tour of International Paper, the guests arrived at Hobbs Suffolk Campus, where they were greeted by faculty, staff and students, including SGA president LaQuisha McGlone.

The guests also toured the Suffolk campus and learned about recently upgraded technology classrooms from Justin Oliver, associate professor of math, Cinda Schmitt, associate professor of administrative support technology, and Troy Hand, instructor and librarian.

PDCCC is one of 23 community colleges on 40 campuses in the Virginia Community College System. The system serves more than 280,000 students in for-credit courses every year.