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Dr. Janet Gullickson has been named the sixth president of Germanna Community College, the first woman to hold the position.

“Janet brings outstanding qualifications to this presidency,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “She’s a dynamic community college educator with an impressive resume of significant leadership positions.”

Gullickson will succeed Dr. David Sam, who has served as Germanna’s president for nearly a decade. Sam announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the current academic year.

Gullickson presided over two community colleges, including her current position as president of Spokane Falls Community College, a position she has held since 2012.

Prior to that, she served two years as chief academic officer for the second largest district of the Community Colleges of Spokane. Gullickson served as president of Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado, between 2004 and 2005. She was also interim president and provost of what is now known as Minnesota’s Northeast Higher Education District.

Gullickson holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

Gullickson was one of three finalists for the position. The other two top contenders were Dr. John R. Donnelly, currently vice president for instruction and student services at Piedmont Virginia Community College, and Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, current president of Eastern Shore Community College.

Germanna Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education, serving some 13,000 students in academic courses and workforce development training.

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