Presidential Search

MAY 2018

May 24, 2018

Presidential search finalist - Dr. Paula P. Pando

Welcome Dr. Paula P. Pando!
The Next President of Reynolds Community College



The State Board for Community Colleges has certified three finalists for the position of president at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. The finalists were among 102 applicants from across the nation. 

The three finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Genene D. LeRosen of Glen Allen, VA; Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis of Tallahassee, FL; and Dr. Paula P. Pando of Atlantic Heights, NJ.


Presidential search finalist - Dr. Genene D. LeRosen

Dr. Genene D. LeRosen has worked in education for 35 years, starting as a business and adult education teacher in Henrico County, VA in 1983. LeRosen moved to the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987, serving as a senior budget analyst and later as the assistant to the provost for academic planning. In 1991, she joined the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) as an academic affairs coordinator, rising to senior level. LeRosen joined Northern Virginia Community College in 1997, serving as a division chair for workforce technologies. She became a special assistant to the chancellor at the Virginia Community College System Office in 2000 before joining Reynolds Community College in 2003, where she continues to serve at the college’s executive vice president. LeRosen earned a doctorate from the College of William & Mary; a master’s degree from Virginia State University; and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany.




Presidential search finalist - Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis

Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. She began her career as a psychology faculty member at Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1988. She moved to the Central Campus of Houston Community College in 1992 where she became the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department chair. Moore-Davis began working at Lone Star College in Houston in 2003, serving first as the dean of business, math, communications and CIT, and then later as the college’s vice president for instruction. She currently serves as the provost of Tallahassee Community College, a position she has held since 2015. Over the past decade, Moore-Davis has also worked as an online instructor, teaching classes at both Lone Star College and the University of Houston. Moore-Davis earned a doctorate from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; a master’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX; and a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.




Presidential search finalist - Dr. Paula P. Pando

Dr. Paula P. Pando has worked in higher education for more than 21 years. She began her career in 1994 as the director of campus activities and programs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Beginning in 2000, Pando worked as a consultant for a New York firm, facilitating sensitivity and diversity training, among other topics. In 2003, she joined Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, NJ, as the associate dean for student services. She has since risen through the ranks, holding three different vice presidencies, including her current role as senior vice president for student and educational services. In 2017, Pando was among 38 leaders from across the country selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous 10 month applied leadership program. Pando holds a doctorate from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; a master’s degree from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ; and bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ.



Presidential Finalist Forums 

Faculty, staff, students, and the community are invited to observe each candidate at their respective presidential finalist forum. 

Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis   Forum: Monday, May 14, 3 - 4 p.m. – Lipman Auditorium, Parham Road Campus

Dr. Paula P. Pando   Forum: Tuesday, May 15, 3 - 4 p.m. – Lipman Auditorium, Parham Road Campus

Dr. Genene D. LeRosen   Forum: Thursday, May 17, 3 - 4 p.m. – Downtown Campus Auditorium


Attendees are welcome to submit a question for the candidates ahead of the forums by clicking the link:


MARCH 2018

VCCS Vacancy Announcement 

Presidential Profile 

Key Dates

  • Initial screening begins:  March 28, 2018
  • State-level interviews in Richmond:  April 23 and 24, 2018
  • Interviews at the community college:  May 14 - 18, 2018
  • Chancellor announces new president:  May/June, 2018


Over the next several months, the Virginia Community College System and the Reynolds Community College Board will conduct a national presidential search. One of the first steps required in the search process is the establishment of priorities for Reynolds over the next three to five years, which will guide the search committee.

Reynolds employees, students, parents, alumni, community partners, and residents of our service region were invited to complete the brief survey. The survey was available through Monday, February 19.

Survey responses are anonymous and will be reported in the aggregate to the College Board members and the VCCS Chancellor.


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