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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:03 am

Rappahannock Community College selected Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy of Shelby, North Carolina to serve as its fourth president. She’ll step into the role in early July.

Kennedy was chosen from over 70 applicants. “Shannon has more than two decades of higher education experience with a heavy emphasis in academic affairs and workforce development training,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Beginning her career at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. in 1996, Kennedy is currently executive vice president of Cleveland Community College in Shelby.

She joined CCC in 2000 as director of public relations and grants development and has been promoted numerous times to roles including associate dean, dean and executive vice president of Instruction and Student Development.

In her pitch to RCC, Kennedy said her leadership philosophy most closely aligns with servant leadership.

“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid,’ servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible,” Kennedy wrote.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 5/8/19

Dr. Shannon Kennedy, President, Rappahannock Community College