College vice president to become first provost

Christopher Coutts

Lord Fairfax Community College has announced Christopher Coutts as its first ever provost.

Currently vice president of academic and student affairs on the Middletown campus, Coutts will serve as the face of the Fauquier Campus in Warrenton. The school also has a third location in Luray.

When it opened 27 years ago, the Fauquier campus welcomed 17 students and offered 18 class selections. As of last year, the Fauquier campus enrolled more than 2,600 students, and class selections exceeded 500.

Plans are underway to build a new academic building for science and health classes. Earlier this year, the college opened a new location in Vint Hill, where students may take general education classes in addition to career training courses.

Coutts will assume many of the duties that were performed by Judy Batson, associate vice president and campus administrator, who plans to retire in June. Batson joined the school in 2008 and has been instrumental in increasing the number of program offerings in the science, technology, engineering, math and health curriculums.

Coutts was born in East London, South Africa, and holds a doctorate in education degree from the University of Virginia. Employed by Lord Fairfax since 2008, he has been associate dean of learning for business, technology, science and health professions on the Middletown campus. In 2009, he was promoted to vice president of learning and in 2011 vice president of academic and student affairs.

The Fauquier campus is located at 6480 College St, Warrenton.