State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Wytheville Community College
RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Wytheville Community College. The four finalists include Dr. Hara D. Charlier, of Abingdon, Virginia; Dr. Michael M. Robinson, of Marion, Virginia; Dr. Mark A. Smith, of Temple, Texas; and Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, of Statesville, North Carolina.
Dr. Hara D. Charlier is currently vice president of instruction and student services for Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, a position she has held since 2012. Previously she was dean of the life science and human services division and accreditation liaison at Blue Ridge Community College from 2010-2012, and interim vice president of instruction and student services at Blue Ridge 2009-2010. She was dean of life sciences and human services 2008-2009 and assistant professor of biology 2005-2007. She holds a doctorate in community college leadership from Old Dominion University; a master’s degree in microbiology from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Dr. Michael M. Robinson is currently superintendent of Smyth County Public Schools, a position he has held since 2007. Previously he was assistant superintendent for instruction in Smyth County Public Schools 2005-2007, and also served as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and at the University of Virginia. He was assistant superintendent for Orange County Public Schools 2003-2005, principal of Prospect Heights Middle School in Orange County 2000-2003, and was assistant principal at Orange County High School and Charlottesville High School. He holds a doctorate in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Louisiana Tech University.
Dr. Mark A. Smith is currently vice president for educational services and chief academic officer at Temple College in Temple, Texas, a position he has held since 2009. Previously he was interim vice president for educational services 2008-2009 and was associate vice president for distance education from 2006-2010. He served as college director for student affairs and distance learning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, MS 2003-2006, and held additional administrative positions there in distance learning and workforce development. He earned a doctorate from Capella University, and also holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree from William Cary College in Hattiesburg, MS and associate degrees from Fort Steilacoom Community College in Tacoma, Washington and the Community College of the Air Force.
Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle is currently senior vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC, a position he has held since 2010. Previously he was vice president of instruction and student services at Wilkes from 2005-2010 and served as dean of student services 2003-2005 and institutional effectiveness officer 1997-2003. He joined Wilkes as a counselor in 1992, and prior to that served as staff psychologist for Tri-County Mental Health of Statesville and for Wake County Mental Health in Raleigh. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a master’s in clinical psychology from Western Carolina University, a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and an associate degree from Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.
Candidates will attend college interviews at the community college in April; VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois hopes to make the appointment by May 1. The appointee will replace Dr. Charlie White, who retires this year after more than eight years as president at WCC and more than 40 years with the Virginia Community College System.
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.