Quentin Johnson, the sixth president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), spoke about expanding Emporia’s facility at the recent Emporia Rotary Club meeting.
SVCC is ranked first for number of credentials per capita.
“For a small school in Southside Virginia to be that effective in meeting its mission, doing its job, it’s all because of partnerships, relationships and the good work that we’re doing,” Johnson said.
SVCC launched a comprehensive marketing enrollment audit to find out where job needs will be in Emporia, Virginia, in the next 10 years. Their programs will align with this study.
“Our plan is to grow in Emporia. Our plan is to be here forever. To be a household name. We’re going to market, we’re going to communicate, we’re going to partner. Together we can make good things happen,” Johnson said.
Johnson wants to get the word out about what SVCC can do to help support the economy. Communication changed over the years from newspapers to social media.
“The challenge of growing enrollment is having the right mix of programs in the right place at the right time for the right population,” Johnson said.
Adults work two or three jobs in Emporia, Virginia, just to make ends meet.
“When I came here, I came here because I saw the opportunity,” Johnson said.
Johnson worked in 10 states at 15 institutions for over 40 years and never felt more welcome than he did in Emporia.
“I’ve never come to a community, and I mean this with all sincerity, that welcomed me like this town, this place. Thank you. That’s special and it’s not something you can make up,” Johnson said.
Johnson previously served as provost, senior vice president and vice president at six post- secondary institutions including two comprehensive community colleges, two comprehensive public universities and two private post-secondary institutions.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance and education from Defiance College, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in psychology in organizational leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.