McCray certified a finalist for camp presidency – The Suffolk News-Herald
Dr. Corey McCray has been certified as a finalist by the State Board for Community Colleges to be the new president of Paul D. Camp Community College.
McCray, of Chesapeake, is seeking to become the ninth president of Camp Community College, succeeding Dr. Dan Lufkin, who resigned earlier this year to pursue an opportunity outside of Virginia. McCray was one of the college’s 52 presidential candidates following a nationwide search, and he is the current interim president.
Over the next few weeks, McCray will meet with the local Camp Board of Directors and hold a town hall on his vision for the future of Camp. The Chancellor will decide as a result of these meetings and the comments they produce, whether to hire McCray or start a new national search.
McCray has lived and worked in the Suffolk area for over 25 years. He first served seven years in the United States Navy before making the transition to education, as a high school teacher and coach in Suffolk.
He also worked for over 10 years at the Pruden Center for Industry and Technology – now the College and Career Academy in Pruden – a regional center for vocational and technical education in Suffolk.
“Corey McCray is a rising community college star with an already impressive resume of leadership experience,” said Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia Community Colleges, in a statement. “He was director of studies, director of student services and director of manpower. This unique trio prepared him to take a grounded and balanced approach to leading a college forward. “
McCray had worked as associate vice chancellor for programs at the Virginia Community College System Office. He spent five years prior to that as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Workforce at Tidewater Community College. McCray recently completed the prestigious Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, which aims to build a cadre of outstanding student-focused leaders.
McCray holds a BA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an MA from Cambridge College, and a PhD from Old Dominion University.
Camp has campuses in Suffolk and Franklin and a center in Smithfield. The Franklin campus opened in 1971. More than 50,000 people have attended classes at the college since its founding, as it has awarded more than 2,400 diplomas, 1,200 certificates, and 9,500 vocational certificates. It also offers dual enrollment possibilities for secondary school students.