Charting the Course for the Next Fifty Years:
Steering Patrick Henry Community College into the next 50 years is Dr. Angeline Godwin, the third and current president.
Since joining the PHCC family on July 1, 2012, Dr. Godwin has endeavored to lead the college toward a future of excellence and innovation. To that end, many new initiatives and partnerships have been created to ensure PHCC’s role in the community as a leader in education, workforce training and entrepreneurship.
Under Dr. Godwin’s leadership, the college has seen positive trends in student engagement, renewed excitement among students, faculty and staff, and an increase in partnerships with area businesses and organizations.
Dr. Godwin also has overseen the addition of new degree specializations, course offerings and programs. PHCC was the first community college in the nation with courses in Innovation Engineering with certified instructors, and is home to unique programs including the Cisco Academy, Siemens Mechatronics and medical sciences.
She was instrumental in the revitalization of PHCC’s performing arts program through the creation of Patriot Players, a performing arts troupe that engages students in a structured performing arts environment, broadens the artistic talent of its members, and offers educational opportunities in stage management, lighting, sound, and all other aspects of musical theatre.
In addition, Dr. Godwin has led efforts to rebrand the Patrick Henry Community College motorsports program into The Racing College, extending its reach throughout the nation and increasing its local physical footprint by more than 100,000 square feet with the purchase of a state-of-the-art facility.
Throughout Dr. Godwin’s tenure, PHCC has seen growth in its assets. From fiscal year 2012-2013, the college has received nearly $2.3 million in grant funding. From June 30, 2012 to June 30, 2013, the PHCC Foundation awarded $540,510 in scholarships and raised $1.6 million. The total value of the foundation is currently $14 million, which is the third largest foundation in the Virginia Community College System.
Dr. Godwin makes it a priority to learn as much as possible about the needs and opportunities unique to all communities served by the college. She serves on a number of boards and committees throughout the area including the board for Phoenix Community Development Corporation, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, MHC Chamber of Commerce C-Peg, and the Tennessee Valley Corridor Leadership Council. Additionally, she serves as a presidential representative with National Junior College Athletic Association and on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.
She also serves on several committees for Virginia’s Community Colleges including the VCCS Strategic Planning Task Force, VCCS Performance Task Force and she is a VCCS representative to the General and Professional Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Council of Presidents (COP) with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Before starting her position at PHCC, she led a group of family-owned businesses in Mississippi and worked in innovation-based economic development since 2000.
Dr. Godwin is a first-generation college graduate with a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from Florida State University, a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University, and an associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida.
She served as president of the Ashland Community and Technical College District in Ashland, Ky. from 1997 to 2000, and as dean of arts and sciences at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn. Additionally, she’s held various administrative and professorships in several states.