MIDDLETOWN - A year into her role as president of Lord Fairfax Community College, Kim Blosser was inaugurated Friday as the school's fifth president.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held in the college's Corron Community Development Center was Blosser’s 17-year-old son Will Blosser.
“It’s absolutely unthinkable in my mind that a woman could work so hard at her job and still somehow have the patience for her sons when they blow up microwaves, procrastinate on homework, and come home pointlessly worried about classes,” Will Blosser said. “These two seemingly polar opposite traits are, in my opinion, what makes my mom such a good community president. This intersection between intellect and compassion is the very basis of what makes LFCC such a special place.”
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia Community College System, spoke about the hiring process that ultimately resulted in Kim Blosser being offered the position as president.
“When looking for a president, we don’t play favorites. When that time comes, we ask who are we, where are we going,” DuBois said.
The candidate field was 100 people, he said, and that was whittled down to a few.
“This time the process worked because it landed on Blosser,” DuBois said.
The committee appointed to find a new president heard Kim Blosser was a leader who got things done and was mission-focused, DuBois said, adding that members were told she took the hard jobs and accomplished them with a smile.
“She is poised to be an outstanding community college president,” DuBois said before hanging the presidential medallion around her neck.
DuBois was not the only one who thought they had the right person as president.
Henry Green, one of the college's founders, attended the inauguration.
“She is wonderful. There could not be a better-qualified person,” Green said.
Dr. Byron Brill, a local retired periodontist and current business owner of H.L. Borden Lumber, said she is the person needed in the leadership role.
During the ceremony, Kim Blosser spoke of the changing face of college students, with today’s average student being an older student, usually a 24-year-old woman, working two jobs and going to school part-time.
She talked about a student who recently shared her story. The student was five months pregnant when she first stepped foot in Lord Fairfax Community College. Kim Blosser to the audience that the student worked a couple of jobs, lived in her car, and while she washed her only pair of work pants, she would wash up in the laundromat restroom.
Today she is a straight A student in the nursing program.
Today’s students, some who live paycheck to paycheck and others who are first-generation college students, it must seem a miracle that they are on a school campus, Kim Blosser said.
“We will make sure Lord Fairfax is a miracle for all of our citizens,” she said.
Kim Blosser spoke of the school's approaching i50th anniversary.
“As we celebrate the past, we will also look to the future and develop a strategic plan that will take us into 2025,” she said.
That strategic plan will involve school officials considering many things including what they want the school to accomplish and how the college will be structured to continue to serve the community.
“I can tell you 100 percent it will be the people at Lord Fairfax who will make the difference,” she said.
Following the ceremony, she shared what she hopes her tenure as president, however long it may be, would look like.
“I want to see enrollment growth of our adult students. We need to reach those students to help them earn a higher wage. I would like to have targeted short term programs for them, like our work programs. I would also like to see growth of our facilities, such as the new building on the Fauquier campus and the new building to come on the Luray campus,” she said.
The Luray campus has been in leased space, and they have in the works plans for an estimated $2.6 million building. It will allow include programs such as trade classes and cybersecurity classes, she said.
And she wants staff and faculty to think back on their time working with her fondly.
“I hope people would have said they enjoyed working with me and for the school,” she said.