Chase City Mayor, J. Eddie Bratton, welcomed Dr. Roberts, county, city and town officials and superintendents from multiple school divisions that were in attendance.
Brunswick County Administrator and Chairman of SVCC’s Local Board, Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, introduced Dr. Roberts by acknowledging his many career accomplishments that brought him to his current position as SVCC president.
When speaking to superintendents, economic development and local officials in attendance, Dr. Roberts stated, “It goes without saying that our collective success is dependent upon the mutual engagement of local leadership across Southside Virginia that harnesses the capacity of local school divisions, workforce investment boards, the Virginia Employment Commission, job developers, community based organizations, economic developers, and local governments. In other words, we need your help. We need your support, your ideas, your encouragement, and your collaboration. And in return, I pledge my support to you. Whatever Southside Virginia Community College can do to assist you in regional or local economic development and in keeping our community strong, we are a ready and willing partner. This is my personal commitment to you. Hold me to it.”
Dr. Roberts served as provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he held since 2012 and also as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.