Should you have the chance to corner Dr. Glenn DuBois be sure to ask him about the time he bicycled 800 miles across Virginia to help foster youth, or about the time he trekked to Mt. Everest with his son, or even the time he found himself with a board member in a rural village in China dining on donkey, a local delicacy.
DuBois, you see, is a story teller. Consider yourself warned.
As fantastic as those adventures are, DuBois will probably tell you that his favorite story, however, began in the summer of 2001 when he was hired to serve as the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Since then he has led the 23-college system through its first and into its second strategic plan while enduring both unprecedented enrollment growth and unprecedented cuts in state operating funds.
Virginia’s Community Colleges, during that time, have signed groundbreaking guaranteed transfer agreements with more than two dozen public and private universities; become Virginia’s leading provider of workforce development services, helped Virginia close headline-grabbing economic development deals; diversify community college funding sources, doubling foundation-led private fundraising; and maintained a tuition rate that is one-third of the comparable rate at Virginia’s universities.
The Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society presented DuBois with their State Community College Award of Distinction at its national convention in April, 2008.
Under DuBois’ leadership, the VCCS created and completed its first ever strategic plan, Dateline 2009. The seven measurable goals of the plan not only served Virginia well but also earned the VCCS national recognition for elevating the issue of student success.
The VCCS is now pursuing its second six-year strategic plan, Achieve 2015, which is framed by five measurable community-driven goals.
Through innovative efforts like Middle College, a rescue program for high school drop-outs with dramatic results, and Career Coaches, which focuses on high schools students who know little about postsecondary education and have no intention of pursuing it, Virginia’s Community Colleges are reaching students who otherwise would lack the skills and knowledge necessary for an independent life in the 21st century.
Throughout DuBois’ tenure, Virginia’s Community Colleges have enhanced their role as the state’s leading provider of workforce training and development services. In the summer of 2008, DuBois was named to the board of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, becoming the first community college representative to join the esteemed business planning panel. His inclusion was part of the workforce development reform conducted by the Virginia Governor’s Office which consolidated workforce development offerings from other state agencies into the VCCS.
And DuBois is personally vested in an effort called Great Expectations aimed at increasing the number of foster care youth who pursue and complete a college program. In 2008, DuBois spent his summer vacation biking 800 miles throughout Virginia raising both awareness of and donations for the program’s pilot year at five colleges.
Before coming to Virginia, Dr. DuBois was the Commissioner and CEO of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System from 1998-2001, where he was responsible for a statewide community college system with seven campuses, reporting to the Governor. In that position he worked closely with state leaders on a variety of issues including economic and workforce development.
Dr. DuBois also served as Director of Community Colleges for the State University of New York from 1995-1998, one of the nation’s largest networks of community colleges. In that role he served as acting vice chancellor and secretary to the SUNY Board of Trustees, and developed policy initiatives on behalf of 30 community colleges, interacting with state and legislative leaders on a regular basis and engaging in statewide advocacy campaigns to promote higher education and community colleges.
He was dean of continuing education at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York (part of the State University of New York system) from 1991-1995, where he was senior administrator for all off-campus operations as well as all business and industry training initiatives for the college.
In addition, Dr. DuBois has more than 10 years of successful teaching experience and chaired the department of criminal justice at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts, from 1980-1991, where he developed numerous articulation agreements and won top college awards for teaching. He began his career as a high school history teacher and counselor in Ferrisburg, Vermont from 1978-1980.
Considered an expert on the dynamics of community college teaching, Dr. DuBois received his doctorate in higher education administration, research and policy from the University of Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree in juvenile justice and criminology from Eastern Kentucky University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and an associate of science degree in police science from the State University of New York in Farmingdale.
Dr. DuBois has received a number of awards and distinctions, including being named “New Hampshire’s Leader for the 21st century” by New Hampshire Business Magazine in 2000. He also is the recipient of the “Friend of Community Colleges Award” from the New York Community Colleges Trustees Association in 1997 and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the State University of New York Community College Faculty Council, both singular statewide achievements. He has also received numerous teaching awards throughout his career, including National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1981.
He also has served on a number of statewide councils and task forces, and was appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to that state’s Workforce Opportunity Council, where he served on the executive committee. He was a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Kids Cabinet and the Governor’s Commission on Information Technology.
An active participant in community college organizations nationwide, Dr. DuBois has chaired the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges.
An avid, year-round cyclist, Dr. DuBois is also an avid reader and lifelong student of history. Past interest include stints as an umpire for National Little League Baseball, performances in numerous theatrical productions, and beekeeping.