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“When I talk to people in southwest Virginia, they still talk about the community college,” says retired Southwest Virginia Community College President Charlie King, who arrived in the area in 1967 as a young man in his 30s to become the longest serving president in the system. “It was the greatest thing that had happened to this part of Virginia in several decades. We were more than a college. We were a community college. We really had a passion for what we were doing – I suppose you’d say we felt like missionaries.”

VCCS 50th Anniversary Annual Report