Martinsville educator named new MECC President


A Martinsville educator and former University of Texas program director has been named the new president of Mountain Empire Community College, the Big Stone Gap school announced Monday.

Kris Westover, the current vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College, will be installed as the college's seventh president on July 1. She succeeds Scott Hamilton who is retiring at the end of next month, the school said.

"Dr. Westover's strong knowledge of academic program development, workforce credentials, business and community engagement, as well as her innovative vision demonstrated that she was the right fit for MECC. We welcome her to the college and are committed to her successful transition," said MECC local advisory board chairman David Graham in a statement.

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