The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Southside Virginia Community College. The three finalists include Dr. Thomas F. Wright, of Cleveland, Tennessee; Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia; and Dr. Linda Y. North, of Opelika, Alabama.
Dr. Thomas F. Wright is currently vice president for finance and administration at Cleveland State Community College where he also served briefly as interim vice president of academic affairs in 2012. Previously, he worked as director of administrative support services for student development and as director of housing operations at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Wright began his career in 1993 at Brevard College in Brevard, NC as assistant director of housing. The following year, he would take on the role of coordinator of maintenance services at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a doctorate from Tennessee State University and master’s and bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Alfred A. Roberts is currently the provost of the Christanna Campus at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From 2008-2010, Roberts worked as vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services. He previously served as program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services. Prior to joining the Community Youth Center in Emporia as director in 1980, Roberts taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University. Roberts received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.
Dr. Linda Y. North is currently the dean of academics at Southern Union State Community College. For a brief period, she also worked as interim president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College while serving as dean of health sciences at Southern Union State. From 1999-2004, North was employed as associate dean for instructional design at Alabama Southern Community College. She began her career as an instructor at Trenholm State Technical College and has taught nursing at Athens Area Technical Institute and Troy State University. North holds a doctorate and master’s from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s from Troy State University.
Candidates will attend interviews at the community college beginning later this week. VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois plans to announce the appointment before the end of June. The appointee will replace Dr. John J. Cavan, who will retire this July after 31 years of service as SVCC’s longest reigning president.