Virginia community college board names new chancellor, defying Youngkin

The governor wanted the system to restart the hiring process and include his administration in discussions, but its Board went forward anyway.

The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges has named a new leader, defying Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who one day earlier called for the board to restart the hiring process and appoint an interim chancellor.

The board named Russell Kavalhuna as the next chancellor of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, succeeding Glenn Dubois, who will retire at the end of June. Kavalhuna is president of Henry Ford College in Michigan, a community college founded in 1938.

His appointment ends a tumultuous hiring process that the governor criticized for excluding Youngkin’s administration, lacking transparency and neglecting the Virginia Community College System’s most significant needs.

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