For this News & Notes I wanted to share a “Letter to the Community” I sent to all our local newspapers to be published this week. I hope you enjoy it and appreciate all your support during the past year.
Letter to the Community
It is difficult to believe that a year has passed by since I assumed the presidency of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. These twelve months have a busy, exciting time for me and my family. The warm welcome from everyone has made our transition smooth and we are filled with excitement as we look ahead.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to those throughout the College’s service area who have been so supportive and positive. DSLCC could not have achieved the level of success that it enjoys without all of you. Virginia’s community colleges exist to offer educational and training programs and while DSLCC fulfills this role, I know that we do much more to add to the cultural, civic and social activities that make a “community” unique and a great place to live and work. Together we will strengthen and grow the college and I am excited to lead DSLCC into the future with your help and support.
My first goal was to listen, which I achieved through a series of twelve community forums, held throughout the service area. On the basis of what I heard, I formulated some short- and long-term goals for DSLCC which will provide the framework within which our faculty, staff and administrators will move forward. But the listening does not stop; I plan to continue hosting sessions throughout the area through which residents can express what they have successfully experienced with DSLCC as well as ways in which we can improve and grow.
My first year has ended, but our journey is just beginning. I look forward to working for you, and with you, to fulfill the mission of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
John J. Rainone, Ed.D.
July 8, 2014