Effective today I have resigned my duties as President of Virginia Intermont College. I have done so voluntarily for personal reasons. Among those are my health and the well-being of my family. This is a very hard decision for me because I love the students who have been here during my tenure, and I strongly believe in what this College stands for.
Despite the obstacles for VI and our ensuing struggles, I am proud of what we have accomplished together. We have had so many successes against incredible odds. There are countless, daily stories of student awards, faculty accolades and extraordinary staff commitment.
Our faculty and staff together should also be proud of everything they have done and continue to do. Recently, under the most difficult of circumstances, they have designed and are implementing an excellent “teach-out” proposed plan for our students. The extraordinary, intensive attention they are providing to our students is beyond description.
I am grateful to the College’s Board of Trustees who support and respect my desire to step down. They are a remarkable group of committed and talented individuals who will continue to steward VI’s interests.
In the coming days, I will be packing my office and my home and also be in the wings to assist in any way that I can. But for now, know this: although I will physically depart Bristol later in the month, Virginia Intermont College – and you – will be in my heart always. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your president.
Message from the Board of Trustees:
With regret, the Board of Trustees of Virginia Intermont College today accepted the resignation of President E. Clorisa Phillips, effective immediately, for personal reasons. “We appreciate all of Dr. Phillips’ efforts, passion, and her contributions to VI during her almost 4 years as president,” said the Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathleen W. Obrien. “We know that she put her heart and her soul into this school and cared very deeply for the students, faculty and staff who have made VI the special school it has been.”
With the future of the college unknown, the Board of Trustees is placing the day-to-day leadership of the college with Compass Executives of Nashville, Tennessee, under the direction of Art Rebrovick, who has been retained to serve as Interim President and Restructuring Agent. “Art has already been a huge help in guiding us through this past month of operations,” said O’Brien. “He has been on site several times to meet with staff, and has a good understanding of the issues at hand. His business acumen and expertise will help us determine the next best course of action. The Board of Trustees will work with Art to find the best possible solution that hopefully provides a future for some or all of the college. In the meantime, we have set up the necessary Teach Out programs so that our students, other than the seniors who graduated this past weekend, are in a position to continue their educations with other colleges.”
More information on the future of Virginia Intermont College will be released as it becomes available.