Dr. Rainone’s Biography

Dr. John J. Rainone became the fourth president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on July 8, 2013. He brings over 26 years of experience as a teacher, administrator and chief executive officer to this College.

Dr. Rainone graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communications and a Master of Science in Business Education. He earned a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  He is a graduate of the League for Innovation Executive Institute and completed the Harvard University Seminar for First-Year Presidents.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he has served in business and education as the training administrator for Associated Builders & Contractors in New Hampshire,  Assistant Dean of Community Education for the New Hampshire Technical College at Manchester in 1989, and helped build the newly created York County Community College (Maine) where he served the college for 18 years as Assistant Dean of Continuing Education, Dean of Professional Development and Business Services, Interim Dean of Academic Programs, Interim Dean of Finance & Administration and Dean of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of the College’s Foundation.

Dr. Rainone’s teaching experience includes 27 years as an adjunct faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of business research methods, teaching at the college level, organizational behavior and leadership and fundraising and development.

Dr. Rainone has served on the Board for ten years and as National President of the Council for Resource Development, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He has served as a judge at the Community College Futures Assembly and as an evaluator and chairperson for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

He currently serves on the AACC Commission for Leadership and Professional Development, Chair of the Board for the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, Past President of the Lexington, Buena Vista & Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for LewisGale Alleghany Regional Hospital, on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), and on the board of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. He is also a Rotarian in the Covington-Hot Springs Club and is Past-President.

In 2016, Dr. Rainone was awarded the “Emerging Leadership” Award from AACC as well as received the “Giving Back” Diversity Leadership Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. In addition, he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Southern New Hampshire University, was recognized by the Seacoast (Maine and New Hampshire) Media Group as a “Mover and Shaker”, and as the Rotarian of the Decade by Rotary District 7780. He is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Dr. Rainone is married to Laura Rainone and has one daughter, Julianne.