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Local College Board

Germanna’s College Board acts in an advisory capacity to the State Board and performs such duties with respect to the operation of Germanna Community College as may be delegated to it by the State Board.  The College Board stands fully committed to the Mission, Vision and Values of the College and the guiding principles and direction set by the State Board for Community College under the legal authority provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The College Board affirms that Germanna is a Learning Centered College and that the Board will be guided in its decision-making and advisory capacity by the following two questions:

  1. How will this decision/action/recommendation support student learning and success?
  2. How will we measure student learning and success?

The College Board further affirms that it will work collegially and collaboratively to further the Mission of the College and to put the interests of the students and communities the College serves at the forefront of its work.  As per State Board Policy, members of the College Board serve as at large members regardless of the locality which has appointed them, and are “charged with the responsibility of serving the best interests of the whole region being served by the college.”

Board members

  • Lydell Fortune (Caroline County)

    Lydell Fortune (Caroline County)

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     July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023

  • William Thomas (Culpeper County)

    William Thomas (Culpeper County)

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    February 8, 2012 to
    June 30, 2021

    William Evan Thomas of Culpeper was appointed to the Germanna Community College Board in 2012 as an at-large member representing the county of Culpeper.

    In 2014 he was appointed as the Culpeper County representative. While working as an Assistant Store Manager for Culpeper Farmers Coop in 1971, I took a work force class in marketing at this “new community college” and found it was great to have this resource in our community. Now, 44 years later, it is amazing to see the wide scope of the college.

    A native of Spotsylvania, William has lived in the GCC service area all of his life except for his years at Virginia Tech and in the service. He served in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, has been a self-employed dairy farmer in Orange County, has worked for 27 years for the Virginia Cooperative Extension and has taught Agriscience and has been a FFFA Advisor in the Culpeper County Schools.

    Mr. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science-Production in 1964 and a master’s degree in Adult Education in 1980, both at Virginia Tech.

    He has served as District Director of the Virginia Chapter of the 4-H All Stars, Chair of the Leadership Council and Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child and teaches Sunday School at Culpeper Baptist Church. “The breadth and scope of community colleges is truly amazing and grows each year,” Mr. Thomas says.

    “When communities within the service area have a need, the colleges are willing to assist if it fits the college’s mission. As a veteran, I have been pleased to see how the system has mobilized to meet the growing numbers of veterans entering their programs. “

    Mr. Thomas is a life member of the Virginia and Culpeper Retired Teachers Association, the National and Virginia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and Epsilon Sigma Phi, an honorary extension professional group.

    He is married to Susan B. Thomas. The couple has a son Evan, a daughter, Karen Thomas Sheehan and six grandchildren.

  • Teri McNally (Fredericksburg)

    Teri McNally (Fredericksburg)

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    July 1, 2011 to
    June 30, 2021

    Teri McNally knows what life is like for Germanna Community College students working two jobs to put themselves through school. She did it herself at Columbus State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on marketing and a minor in finance in 1989.

    Because she was working, it took her 10 years to get the degree. “I had a full-time job and a part-time job and went to school at night,” Ms. McNally recalls.

    The executive director of the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region represents the city of Fredericksburg on the GCC Local College Board. She has been with the Community Foundation for 10 years. She also has something in common with the many non-traditional students at Germanna. She went to work full time straight out of high school in Columbus, Ga. –selling electric engines—and bought a house at 19 before deciding to go to college pursue a degree.

    “It was exhausting because I was traveling and would have to race back a couple of times a week to go to class,” she says. A class would start at 6 p.m., wouldn’t end will 10:30 p.m., then she’d have to get back on the road early the next morning.

    The self-described “Army brat” was born at Fort Belvoir and lived in Taiwan, Texas and Georgia before settling in Fredericksburg, where she has family.

    Ms. McNally was marketing director at Fawn Lake before coming to the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region 16 years ago.

    “In my position here we a lot of young people who are having to pay for school on their own—sometimes their parents are struggling and Germanna gives a them couple of options: It’s affordable and it allows students to work and go to school and really prepare themselves to go to the next level.” She’s a member of the GCC Educational Foundation Board, the Rappahannock Rotary Club; MORE, the Fredericksburg area Multicultural Outreach Effort; the Board of Fredericksburg Area Fundraising Executives and attends St. George’s Episcopal Church.

  • Victor Gehman (King George County)

    Victor Gehman (King George County)

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    Vice Chair

    July 1, 2013 to
    June 30, 2021

    Victor H.  Gehman, Jr. represents King George County on the Germanna Community College Board. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania native is married to Sharon Todd Gehman.

    They have four sons: Victor Michael, Thomas Todd, Matthew Jonathan, James Robert, and a daughter: Molly Elizabeth.  All are adults.

    He has worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division since 1979. He was a graduate research assistant at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Graduate Research Assistant at Virginia Tech from 1977-79 1977-1979, a Nuclear Reactor Operator at Virginia Tech from 1976-1977 and a Radio Corporation of America Engineering Assistant in the summer of 1976.

    Dr. Gehman earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1977, a master’s degree in Materials Engineering in 1979, another master’s this time in Physics, in 1987, and his doctorate in Physics in 1995—all from Virginia Tech.

    “In today’s tough fiscal times, there is no better investment for many college students than community college. Whether you are unsure of your major, need to stretch tuition dollars, wish to survey major universities before committing to much larger tuition and travel costs, coming back to education after time in the military or business or just wish to have more reasonable class sizes after high school, you should consider the advantages of community college and the attendant associate’s degree.”

  • Ann Tidball (At large, Madison County)

    Ann Tidball (Orange County)

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  • Sarah Berry (Madison County)

    Sarah Berry (Madison County)

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    July 1, 2016 to
    June 30, 2020

  • Simon Gray (Orange County)

    Simon Gray (Orange County)

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    July 1, 2015 to
    June 30, 2019

    America needs community colleges to play an important role if the nation is to stay competitive in an evolving global marketplace, Germanna Community College Board member Simon Gray says. They must, he says, help more students reach their potential in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    “We’re falling behind as a nation when it comes to STEM fields,” Gray says. “Community colleges are a critical stepping stone as we work toward developing a new generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.”

    He has first-hand knowledge that students in Germanna’s engineering program are on the right path. Gray, an English native who represents Orange County on the Germanna Community College Board and lives at Lake of the Woods, parlayed an apprenticeship and associate degree in Marine Engineering into a career as an engineer in the Royal Navy.

    Then came a second career as chief engineer on large yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. He has since worked in several shipyards as an engineer or construction project manager. After completing a master’s degree in engineering management at the University of New Orleans in 2007, he went to work for a Washington, D.C. engineering company. In 2009, he joined the U.S. Navy as a civilian. He is now a Missions Systems acquisition professional for the Navy.

    Gray, who’s been a key volunteer in national robotics events, has organized FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions for Orange County middle and high schoolers.

    He introduced SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program adopted by the Naval Sea Systems Command,  at two Orange County middle schools, and set up a follow-on visit to Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock so students could demonstrate what the UAV’s they built could do.  STEM summer camps are now regularly held in the county with the support from NSWC Dahlgren Division. One of the five FIRST Tech Challenge teams Gray started in Orange is the current Virginia FTC Champion.

    He and his wife Alexis live in Lake of the Woods. They have two sons, 19-year-old Pierce and 16-year-old Spencer. Pierce has attended Germanna and Spencer is a student at Orange County High School. Gray volunteers as an EMT and serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake of Woods Fire and Rescue Squad and is a CPR instructor. He’s also a Regional Safety Director for USA Waterski.

  • Baron Braswell (Spotsylvania County)

    Baron Braswell (Spotsylvania County)

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    July 1, 2016 to
    June 30, 2020

  • Manya Rayner (Stafford County)

    Manya Rayner (Stafford County)

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    July 1, 2017 to
    June 30, 2021