LFCC names new president

Kim Blosser

Lord Fairfax Community College has one of its own to lead it.

Kim Blosser has been selected as the school’s next president as announced Tuesday by Glenn DuBois, the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, in a news release.

Blosser works as the school’s vice president of academic and student affairs. She will take over as the institution’s fifth president on Feb. 1, succeeding Cheryl Thompson-Stacy who is retiring.

“We have a lot of very exciting things going on, so I am glad to lead those efforts started by Dr. Stacy,” Blosser said.

Blosser found out about 12:45 p.m.

“I had this enormous sense of relief. After the conversation, I screamed, ‘Oh my gosh. It’s me’,” she said.

Colleagues came out to cheer and congratulate her.

The search for a new president began six months ago and attracted more than 100 professionals seeking the position.

Blosser knew the board had a meeting on Monday. The wait until she received the phone call the next day felt like a long time, she said.

Blosser said she has worked in the Virginia community college system for about 20 years.

During that time, she has been an adjunct faculty member, a full-time teaching faculty member, served as a program lead for the information systems technology program, was elected faculty senate chair, served as an academic dean, served as the chief information officer, and became an associate vice president overseeing instructional programs.

She  served on several state-wide committees that focused on transferability of course work from community colleges to universities, dual enrollment policies for high school students and the redesign of the high school experience as part of the Standards Of Learning Innovation Committee.

“Kim has been a rising star in our college system,”  DuBois said in the prepared statement. “On numerous occasions, I’ve asked Kim to provide statewide leadership on issues facing all 23 of our colleges. She’s energetic, compassionate and focused. I’m confident she’ll be highly effective as president.”

Fran Jeffries, chair of the college board, said in the news release that the the advisory board was happy to welcome Blosser.

“The board feels that Dr. Blosser’s experience and commitment position her to continue the successful leadership by Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy. We look forward to working with Dr. Blosser as we continue to provide learning opportunities within the LFCC service area,” Jeffries stated.