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Rappahannock Community College President retires

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 3:24 pm

On June 30, 2019, Elizabeth Crowther will retire as president of Rappahannock Community College. She will depart with recognition and commendation from Virginia’s General Assembly.

A joint resolution submitted by Senator Richard Stuart and Delegate Margaret Ransone expresses admiration for Crowther’s commitment to excellence in higher education.

Crowther is recognized for overseeing renovations to the Glenns and Warsaw campuses and opening satellite campuses in Kilmarnock and New Kent. She worked to ensure RCC is a place where students have access to world-class technology and equipment, and she “expanded opportunities through partnerships with local community organizations and businesses,” the resolution said.

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation enables scholarships and assistance to faculty in classrooms. Under Crowther’s leadership, those resources grew from over $1 million to over $12 million.

Crowther made exceptional contributions to young people in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. And she helped RCC earn local, state and national recognition as a model for other educational institutions in rural areas, state leaders resolved.

In response to the praise, Crowther said, “I am thrilled with this and I thank them profusely.”

Inspired by community colleges’ impact, Crowther has spent the bulk of her life working in secondary education. After she finished college, Crowther went to work for a financial services firm that partnered with community colleges in Richmond.

“I saw adults who had never attended college successfully complete classes, earn certificates and degrees, changing their lives for the better and expanding their job opportunities. Inspired, I shifted my career focus from banking to working in the community college system,” Crowther said.

“I think the community colleges are more important with each year that passes, particularly in an area like the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula. The low rate of training or education after high school makes RCC especially critical in getting individuals educated and credentialed for higher paying jobs and further college work.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 3/6/19