(Delmarvanow.com) -- Billy Greer will serve as interim president of Eastern Shore Community College, the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System announced Wednesday.
Chancellor Glenn DuBois announced he is appointing Greer to lead Eastern Shore Community College following the retirement of President Linda Thomas-Glover early next year.
Greer begins work Jan. 22.
Thomas-Glover, who served as the college’s president since 2009, recently announced that she is leaving in January.
DuBois said the search for the college’s next permanent president will begin immediately and will take about six months to complete.
Greer retired in 2015 as the president of Virginia Wesleyan College, a position he held for some 22 years. Greer previously served as president of two different small colleges: Brevard College in North Carolina and Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia.
“Billy Greer has the experience and community familiarity to help us as the interim president of Eastern Shore Community College,” said DuBois.
"His resume includes presidencies at three different higher education institutions. We have every reason to believe that Dr. Greer will maintain the standard of leadership to which the college has grown accustomed as we conduct a national search to find ESCC’s next permanent president.”
Greer was a visiting scholar at the Princeton Theological Seminary and served on the board of directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges and on the Commission on Campus Concerns of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
He holds a doctorate from Georgia State University and a doctorate from Emory University; a master’s degree from Drew University; and a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University.
“This is a terrific opportunity, and I’m excited to have it,” said Greer. “My family and I have long loved the Eastern Shore. It’s a special place for us and I view this as a chance to give something back to the Shore. Dr. Thomas-Glover has been a tremendous leader for the college, and we’re going to miss her greatly. It’s a privilege to have the chance to follow behind her and keep the college moving in the right direction.”