Dr. Stelfanie Williams is the sixth president of Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) in North Carolina, a four-county college with campuses in Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties and community instructional sites including a culinary arts partnership at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford and a simulation lab training center with Maria Parham Health. As a comprehensive community college established in 1969, VGCC offers more than 40 credit programs in applied technologies and college transfer studies, numerous customized industry training and continuing professional development certifications, small business center services, high school equivalency, and community enrichment. The college serves nearly 15,000 students annually in curriculum and continuing education programs and operates two child care centers and four early college high schools.
Since 2012, Stelfanie has focused the college strategically on educational excellence, continuous improvement, employee and student engagement in college life, and institutional stewardship. During her tenure, the college has added seven curriculum degree programs including Histotechnology, Simulation and Gaming, Paralegal Technology, and Mechatronics, as well as a gerontology specialization within the Human Services degree and expanding diploma programs in Pharmacy Technology and Welding Technology to the associate-degree level. Also during this time, VGCC secured the largest grant in the college’s history, the second largest private donor gift, and held four consecutive highest-yielding annual golf tournaments for scholarships. With a focus on student success, the institution has improved completion rates, graduating the largest classes ever in 2015 and 2016, and initiating a private donor-sponsored college promise program called the “VanGuarantee” in an effort to make college more accessible for students with the greatest financial need.
The college plans to expand its reach further through strategic partnership. Recently, Vance-Granville has collaborated with local businesses, community, and educational organizations including projects in advanced manufacturing, agribusiness entrepreneurship, and summer bridge opportunities for students. Other developments include partnering with public schools, not only in support of the four early colleges, but for programs of study delivered at high schools and vertical alignment planning between public school and college faculty. In addition, VGCC has joined with North Carolina Central University to offer baccalaureate degrees on VGCC’s campus and opened a new facility for public service training and workforce development across from its main campus.
Prior to leading Vance-Granville Community College, Stelfanie served as faculty and in several administrative capacities including director, dean, and vice president at other community colleges. She also serves as adjunct faculty for North Carolina State University College of Education. Stelfanie presents nationally, consults on leadership and workforce development, and actively participates on public and private boards including Union Bank & Trust Board of Directors, State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, North Carolina Central University School of Business Board of Visitors, American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Structured Pathways, as well as local chambers of commerce and economic development commissions. Stelfanie holds dual baccalaureate degrees from Duke University, a graduate degree from Western Carolina University, and a doctorate from North Carolina State University. Among other recognitions, in 2011, Stelfanie was selected for the White House Regional Community College Summit, and in 2014 she was awarded the I.E. Ready Distinguished Leadership Award by North Carolina State University, named in honor of the first president of the North Carolina Community College System, for her active support and engagement in enhancing community colleges in the state.