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History Of CVCC

In January of 1972, Dr. M. Douglas Reed was named the second president of Central Virginia Community College. On January 1, 1974, Dr. Donald E. Puyear became the third president of Central Virginia Community College. Construction of additional College facilities was completed with an addition to the Amherst Hall, the construction of the Bedford (Learning Resource Center) and the Campbell (Engineering Technology) Halls. On January 1, 1984, Dr. Johnnie E. Merritt became the fourth president. In 1988, the College participated in the establishment of the Region 2000 Program, which is intended to promote commercial and industrial development in the geographic/demographic region. The College established its Quality First Program in 1989 to offer to area businesses and industries. In July 1990, Central Virginia Community College formalized its economic development efforts by establishing a new Center for Business, Industry and Government.

On January 1, 1992, Dr. Belle S. Wheelan became the fifth president of Central Virginia Community College. In July 1992 a General Obligation Bond was approved and issued by the State Legislature providing $3,500,000 to CVCC for the construction of a new building, The Johnnie E. Merritt Hall, which became ready for occupancy in June 1997.

Dr. Darrel W. Staat became the sixth president of Central Virginia Community College on January 4, 1999. During May 1999, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Association (AMTA) agreed to merge its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Center (AMTEC) with Central Virginia Community College.

On January 2, 2001, the first off-campus center of the college opened its doors to students. The CVCC Altavista Center helped to bring the college closer to the community in Altavista and southern Campbell County.

The CVCC Brookneal Center opened fall semester 2002. CVCC's second off campus center serves the eastern Campbell County area.


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Lynchburg VA 24502-2498

Phone: 434.832.7600
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