Greg Hodges was selected as the new president of Patrick Henry Community College, according to unofficial reports.
Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, named Hodges to the post on Friday.
“Greg is an impressive higher education leader who has earned a reputation for hard work and focusing on the people, businesses, and communities that our colleges serve,” said DuBois in a release. “He’s gained impressive experience across different parts of the college and I believe he’s ready to lead this institution forward.”
Hodges’ selection ends a national search that attracted 64 applicants.
“We had a tremendous group of finalists for this college presidency, and I’m grateful to our local board members and others who worked so hard to make this search process a success,” said Janet Copenhaver, chairman of the PHCC local board, said in a release “We are excited to work with Dr. Hodges and believe he will build on the success our college has enjoyed under our current president.”
Hodges will succeed Dr. Angeline Godwin, who is retiring this year after having served nine years as the college’s president. The State Board for Community Colleges honored Godwin during its May meeting, naming her president emeritus of PHCC.
Hodges is the fourth president at PHCC.
He was selected from a field of four finalists, all of whom visited PHCC and met the community.
At the time, Hodges said, “this is not about the next rung on my career ladder. I’m not interested in parlaying this into a bigger institution. I applied to this presidency because I believe I am a good fit for this college, this campus and this community.
“I’m a product of this community. I’m proud of this community. My family and I made a decision years ago, that despite opportunities to go elsewhere, this is home, and this is where we want to stay,” he said.
Hodges has 17 years’ experience in higher education. He began his career in the field in 2004 as an assistant professor of Education Assisting at Patrick Henry Community College. In 2007, he became the Assistant Dean of Arts, Science and Business Technology. Following this, he moved into the Dean of Developmental Education and Transitional Programs role. Two years later, he became the Dean of Academic Success and College Transfer. In 2016, he rose to become the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Effectiveness and Campus Life. A year later, he was named to his current position. He has been an Achieving the Dream Workforce and Leadership Coach since 2017.
Hodges earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary. He holds two master’s degrees, one from Bethany Theological Seminary and the other from the University of Phoenix. He earned his doctorate from Trident University International.