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Dr. Lisa Rhine chosen as Yavapai College president
Rhine will succeed Dr. Penny Wills

Dr. Lisa Rhine chosen as Yavapai College president. (Yavapai College/Courtesy)

Dr. Lisa Rhine chosen as Yavapai College president. (Yavapai College/Courtesy)

Dr. Lisa Rhine has been unanimously chosen as the 10th president of Yavapai College following a unanimous selection from the Yavapai College District Governing Board Thursday, Dec. 6.

The announcement was made at a special board meeting on Thursday following open forums and interviews held earlier in the week, according to a news release from Yavapai College Director of Marketing Tyler Rumsey.

Rhine has 30 years of experience in higher education at the community college and university level and currently serves as the provost and chief operating officer of the Chesapeake campus, including the Regional Automotive Center and the Tri-Cities Center, at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.

She has a certificate in deaf studies from Sinclair University, a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling form Wright State University, a master’s degree in special education form the University of Dayton and a doctorate in educational administration from Capella University.

District Governing Board Chair Ray Sigafoos expressed excitement at having Rhine as Yavapai College’s next president.

“Dr. Rhine brings a strong passion for education and a deep understanding of the community college landscape that will benefit Yavapai College’s students, employees and all of Yavapai County,” Sigafoos said.

Rhine has served at various schools in the areas of academic affairs and student services, beginning her career at Sinclair Community College and moving into positions at the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University and Northern Kentucky University. She also has an extensive background in developing successful industry-education partnerships, policy and program development and student success and retention initiatives.

The selection of Rhine comes after the conclusion of a national search for a successor to current Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills who is set to retire at the end of December. The search was conducted by the Association of Community College Trustees (AACT) and the Yavapai College Presidential Search Committee which consisted of 17 members including faculty, staff, community members, students and board members.

“I want to thank AACT, specifically Dr. Pamila Fisher, for conducting an extensive and successful search,” said District Governing Board Member and Search Committee Chair Dr. Patricia McCarver. “I also want to thank the committee for all of the extra hard work they put into the process. Dr. Rhine will be a visionary leader as the college continues to ascend to new heights.”

An official start date for Rhine has not yet been announced.

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