Thomasville, N.C. September 3, 2015 Davidson County Community College announces the appointment of Dr. Rhonda Coats as Vice President, Student Affairs at Davidson County Community College (DCCC). Coats has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, most recently as Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) in Olympia, Washington. During her tenure, she led the effort to hire a full-time Director of Diversity and Equity and established the college’s Diversity and Equity Center. Coats also worked at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). “Dr. Coats is an outstanding addition to the DCCC Leadership Team,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, President of the College. “Her depth of knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to our continued mission of serving students at every level. She is passionate about giving students the support, tools, and resources they need to be successful.” Coats is a long-time advocate for access, retention, and success of students of color and other historically underrepresented student groups. In 2007, the Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council (MSSDC) established the Rhonda Quash Coats award in honor of her pioneering activities in the area of multicultural and diversity programs for the Washington CTC system. Influential outside the workplace, Coats was recognized with the 2014 YWCA of Olympia Women of Achievement Award for Racial Justice. She also volunteers her time in the community for various organizations and is an active member of the national Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Coats states, ” I am excited to be at Davidson in this position. The role of community colleges is vital to improving people’s lives and raising aspirations of our students. The people in Student Affairs and at Davidson are so genuine and dedicated to student success. Nurturing the whole person is critical, giving students the chance to become all they can be, and then some. I believe in the community college model, where everyone is working to make a real difference.” Coats earned her Doctor of Education degree in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. In addition, she earned her Master of Education from The Pennsylvania State University and her undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University. She is originally from Virginia. Dr. Coats and her husband, Ray, have raised four children, Victoria, Miles, Valerie and Wesley.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at https://www.davidsondavie.edu.