Harrionburg’s John Downey Selected as New BRCC President

DebSF -- June 15th, 2009

Dr. John A. Downey, of Harrisonburg, will become the next president of Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, according to a press release issed ths morning. Downey, who has worked at BRCC for 17 years and has served as vice president for instruction and student services for the past four years, will become the college’s president effective August 3, 2009. His wife Sandy has over 15 years experience as an outpatient therapist at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board.   Dr. Downey will become the fifth president of Blue Ridge Community College, following Dr. Jim Perkins who is retiring after serving as the college’s president for 20 years.

“Our college is truly privileged.  A lot of really talented people were interested in becoming the next president of Blue Ridge Community College,” said Kathy Whitten, the chair of the Blue Ridge Community College Local Board.  “I believe we selected the best of the best.  John has done outstanding work during his time at BRCC and we expect that to continue.”

“I’m delighted to appoint John as the next president of Blue Ridge Community College.  He’s already a highly regarded leader in our college system and he brings to the table the right qualities and skills to lead the college forward,” said Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

One Response to “Harrionburg’s John Downey Selected as New BRCC President”

  1. Jamie Smith says:

    John’s a good man and he certainly doesn’t carry baggage some other college presidents around here do.

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