LFCC president announces retirement

Page News and Courier

LURAY, June 22 — Lord Fairfax Community College will see a new leader in the coming year.

Nearly nine-year LFCC President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy announced last Thursday she will retire from the position on Feb. 1, 2018.

“I will miss the team at LFCC very, very much. They're the finest group of people that I've ever had the pleasure of working with,” Dr. Thompson-Stacy told Page County supporters who gathered in Stanley last Thursday for the college's annual Evening with the Stars event. Stacy-Thompson announced her retirement earlier that morning in a news release. “They bring their personal best to work every single day and it's truly been my pleasure.”

Thompson-Stacy, known by colleagues and students as “Dr. C,” took the helm of the college ― which includes campuses in Middletown and Fauquier, a center in Luray and a site in Vint Hill ― in January 2009.

During her second year as president, LFCC saw a 13-percent hike in full-time enrollment and an 85 percent increase in the college's endowment in the years following, according to a June 22 news release issued by LFCC. The college has additionally seen the addition of several new degree and certification programs, including associate of science specializations in agriculture, engineering and health professions, in addition to cybersecurity ― an area of study for which the college was recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The college has four times been named the No. 1 community college of its size in the nation by the Center for Digital Education.

“Our team has accomplished so much over the past nine years ...” said Thompson-Stacy. “I think it’s a good time now for someone else to come in and take the driver’s seat and continue to move the college forward.”

Her tenure has also seen the construction of Middletown's Corron Community Development Center and the Student Union Building, as well as the expansion of the Kathy Kanter Dental Hygiene Clinic and the Luray-Page County Center.

Thompson-Stacy attributed the proudest accomplishment made by LFCC during her tenure as being named the past five years as a “Great College to Work For” ― a title awarded by the Chronicles of Education each year based on workplace surveys.

“She has excelled in working with LFCC staff, the LFCC College Board, the LFCC Foundation Board, our community, and our students to provide the flexible, meaningful, and varied educational opportunities that characterize Lord Fairfax Community College,” LFCC College Board Chairman Fran Jeffries said in the June 22 news release. “We are grateful for her dedication to LFCC and her exemplary leadership over the past nine years ― she will be missed.”

Thompson-Stacy is the fourth person and second woman to serve as president of LFCC since the college opened its first classrooms in 1970. She formerly served as Eastern Shore Community College's first president, vice president at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and as a business dean at Ohio's Cuyahoga Community College and Jefferson College.

In 2015, she was named Woman of the Year by the Winchester branch of the American Association of University Women. Stacy-Thompson currently serves as chairman-elect on the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in addition to serving as a member of the Front Royal Women's Resource Center and the Governor's Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success.

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