SVCC to inaugurate fifth president

Published 12:24 pm Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dr. Alfred A. Roberts will be inaugurated as the fifth president of Southside Virginia Community College on Saturday (Oct. 30). 

Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, will conduct the presidential inauguration at 11 a.m. on the Christanna Campus in Alberta, John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center.

Steeped in historic tradition, an inauguration dates from the Middle Ages reflecting the history of higher education through the carrying of the college mace to the processional of participants in academic regalia. 

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A ceremonious occasion for the college, the event marks a landmark event in the life and history of the college.

When selected as the next college president, Dr. Roberts was provost of the Christanna Campus in Alberta. 

He served as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC, in Keysville, from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was 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.

Before joining SVCC, Roberts was program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services and also taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University.

He received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

The formal inauguration will be followed by a dinner and dance on the Christanna Campus beginning at 6 p.m. featuring the Uniquely Different Jazz Band.  Tickets can be purchased through Oct. 23 for $30 per person (call 434-949-1051).

Proceeds will benefit Dr. Roberts’ “It Takes a Village” Scholarship Fund of the SVCC Foundation.