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Interim President Named at Gadsden State

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Chancellor Hill & Dr. Harrison

Dr. Freida Hill, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, met with the faculty and staff of Gadsden State Community College Friday morning to announce the interim president for the College and express her appreciation to Dr. W. Darryl Harrison. 

She commended Harrison for his hard work and accomplishments during his presidency at Gadsden State.  “The college has made great strides under his direction during one of the most difficult and challenging economic periods,” remarked Hill.

                Dr. Valerie Richardson, vice president of institutional advancement and student services, will serve as acting president for 30 days.  She served as acting previously when Harrison’s predecessor, Dr. Renée Culverhouse, resigned in 2008.

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Acting President Richardson

 Beginning in December, Dr. William O. Blow will serve as interim during the search for the seventh president of Gadsden State.  Blow is from Prattville and previously served as dean of instruction at Patrick Henry Junior College before it became Alabama Southern Community College, and more recently served as interim president of Alabama Southern.  He has also held leadership positions at the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, including two terms as interim executive director.

                Harrison was appointed president of Gadsden State in November 2008 and began his term January 1, 2009.  He is resigning his presidential position due to family reasons. “We have seen a year of unprecedented enrollment growth along with record setting proration.  The faculty and staff of Gadsden State are meeting the challenge of serving students during these trying times and will continue to offer a quality education as the transition to the College’s new president proceeds,” Harrison stated.

                The presidential search process will begin January 3, 2011, and Chancellor Hill expects to make a recommendation for president to the State Board of Education on April 28.  For more information on the presidential recruitment and selection process visit the Alabama Community College System Web site at

One Response to “Interim President Named at Gadsden State”

  1. Chris Bivins says:

    Good luck Dr. Harrison we all thank you for your service. Also I would like for you to know that I and my church family will be praying for you and your family.

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