PDCCC names new president

Published 9:43 am Saturday, May 14, 2016

The next president of Paul D. Camp Community College has been announced, and he doesn’t have far to go for his new job.



Dr. Daniel Lufkin, currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, will assume his new post in early July.

He replaces Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April 2015.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the next president of Paul D. Camp Community College,” Lufkin said. “The service region is very much like the area where I grew up, and I am eager to start making connections both on campus and in the community. The college plays a vital role in the success of the region, and I look forward to strengthening partnerships and developing programs that meet the needs of the students and communities we serve.”

Lufkin has served as vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College since 2013. Before that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District/Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway.

“Dan is a rising star in our business,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s community colleges. “He’s the right leader for Paul D. Camp Community College at the right time. I’m confident that he can continue the momentum that has been achieved under his predecessor, Bill Aiken.”

“The selection of a new president is an arduous task, especially when you have a group of four well qualified candidates,” said Lynn Jones, chair of the Paul D. Camp Community College local board.

“We are pleased that Dr. Daniel Lufkin has accepted the position of president for Paul D. Camp Community College. He brings a wealth of experience in higher education, which will be beneficial as he leads PDCCC forward. Coupled with his warm and friendly personality, Dr. Lufkin is the right choice for the position.”

Lufkin holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, New York.

He beat out finalists who currently work in higher education in Martinsville, Illinois and Texas. Each of the candidates participated in on-campus interviews and visits with faculty, staff, students and the community last week.

Staff from The Suffolk News-Herald contributed this article.