SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Betty Adams

Dr. Betty H. Adams has served as the executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education (SVHEC) since 2009. In this capacity she oversees the SVHEC’s strategic growth and ensures agency activities are aligned with its mission and values. She is a transformational leader with nearly three decades of experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating adult learner programs.

With both private and public sector executive level positions, Dr. Adams’ has overseen comprehensive growth and academic achievement in private, state, and community college settings.She has led the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive planning and effectiveness systems at rural and urban community colleges and for the 58-institution North Carolina Community College System. Her conceptual model of institutional accountability, “The Essential Model,” was used by the North Carolina statewide community college system office to achieve a comprehensive, integrated, outcomes-based, and user-friendly system of planning and effectiveness.

An experienced leader with a proven record, Dr. Adams has led the SVHEC in successfully developing and implementing four workforce training initiatives, achieving financial stability, and bringing clarity and focus to the agency’s mission and brand.

Dr. Adams holds a Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University, and a Doctorate of Education degree from North Carolina State University.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is made up of business and community leaders who are devoted to Southern Virginia and to the belief that education is the catalyst for change. Board members include:

  • Mr. Jeff Davis
  • Mr. Scott Fleming
  • Dr. Angela Hairston
  • Mr. Stanley Jeffress-chairman        
  • Dr. Quentin R. Johnson
  • The Honorable Louise Lucas
  • The Honorable Daniel “Danny” Marshall
  • Ms. Sheri McGuire (Designee of Longwood University President)
  • The Honorable Hubert Pannell          
  • Mr. Tom Raab (Designee of Virginia Community College System Chancellor)
  • The Honorable Sam Rasoul      
  • Dr. Jerry Wallace
  • Ms. Grey Watson
  • Dr. Annie Wimbish
  • Mr. Dennis Witt
Next Board of Trustees Meeting: September 4, 2024 at 12pm
Next Executive Committee Meeting: September 4, 2024 at 11am.
  • View Board Meeting Minutes by date on the Commonwealth Calendar.
  • Download our 2024-2026 Strategic Plan here.
  • Download our 2022-2023 Annual Report here.
  • Download Board Bylaws here.