Search for President at Lord Fairfax Community College Begins

For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2008

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – A nationwide search is underway for a new president of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). To assist in the search process, LFCC Board members will be hosting town hall meetings at the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses to discuss the College's top priorities for the next five years and what type of president will most enhance the College's mission, goals and objectives through his or her leadership.

The town hall meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • June 19 at noon in Room 135 at the Middletown Campus
  • June 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 135 at the Middletown Campus
  • June 24 at noon in the Rose Loeb Student Center at the Fauquier Campus
  • June 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Loeb Student Center at the Fauquier Campus

Individuals who are unable to attend one of the town hall meetings may share their thoughts by accessing an online survey:

The feedback received at the meetings and electronically will be taken into consideration by the search committee as they evaluate the applicants. The search committee will consist of three members of the LFCC Board, two community college presidents, several vice presidents and other senior staff from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The committee will screen and conduct interviews with potential candidates and recommend a number of semi-finalists to VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois.

After thorough background checks, the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges will certify three to five finalists, who will visit LFCC for final interviews. The tentative schedule for finalists to visit the College to meet with employees, students and the community is Sept. 22 through 25, 2008. At this time, the finalists will also interview with the LFCC Board and a representative committee of LFCC employees and students.

A final candidate is expected to be selected and announced in early October 2008.

John J. "Ski" Sygielski, the College's third president, left LFCC on June 6 to assume the presidency of Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. John S. Capps, vice president of academic and student affairs at Virginia Western Community College, is serving as interim president of LFCC until a new president is named.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.