Dr. Jacqueline M. Gill, president of Metropolitan Community College, has been named the sixth president of Danville Community College. She succeeds Dr. Bruce Scism, who retired at the end of 2018 after serving as president for five years.
Gill has over two decades of experience working in higher education, serving in roles such as vice president of academic affairs and community and industry education, and director of continuing education of the NE Campus of Tarrant County College.
“Along with her energy and passion for the community college mission, Jacqueline Gill brings with her a tremendous background in workforce development,” said Virginia’s Community Colleges chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois. “Further, I’m impressed with her experience working in multiple states. The Danville region is experiencing a renaissance and I’m excited to see what role the college can play in that with her as its president.”
Before beginning her career in higher education, Gill worked as a social worker for the greater Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area for seven years, two years of which she spent recruiting candidates from underserved populations into health care careers for the Dallas Fort Worth Area Health Education Center, according to a Danville release.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gill as the new president of Danville Community College. Having once been a community college student herself, Dr. Gill understands the value it holds for its students and the community it serves,” said Chris Eastwood, chair of the Danville Community College local board. “She has an extensive background in workforce development and is committed to student success whether building skills for a technical trade or for further academic study. We look forward to the passion and energy Dr. Gill will bring to the collaborative effort to continue the economic transformation of the Dan River Region.”
Gil earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.