(Charlottesville, Va.)–Jean Chappell has joined Piedmont Virginia Community College as the new dean of the Health and Life Science Division. Chappell replaces former PVCC dean Kathy Hudson, who retired in May after more than 20 years of service to the college.

Chappell has more than 18 years of experience in higher education and previously served as the dean of health and public safety at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; the dean of allied health and life sciences at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, W.Va.; the associate dean of allied health at Mountwest; and an associate professor of clinical laboratory sciences at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

“We’re very excited to have Dr. Chappell at PVCC,” said John R. Donnelly, vice president for instruction and student services at PVCC. “Her extensive experience in grant writing and management, curriculum development, oversight of assessment and accreditation activities, and prior learning assessment will be a great asset to the college.”

As dean of health and life sciences, Chappell will oversee the college’s health care programs including nursing, radiography, emergency medical services and others, as well as life science programs such as anatomy and physiology and biotechnology.

“I am thrilled to be at PVCC,” said Chappell. “In the short time I’ve been here I’ve seen the incredible dedication of the faculty and staff in the Health and Life Sciences Division and the college. Faculty here are truly student-centered and go above and beyond to help each and every student reach their educational goals. I’m looking forward to growing our programs and helping to make a lasting contribution to the success of our community, PVCC, and the Virginia Community College System.”

Chappell has a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction; a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a specialization in microbial genetics; and a bachelor’s degree in both zoology and chemistry, all from Marshall University.

To learn more about PVCC’s health and life sciences programs, visit www.pvcc.edu/programs or call 434.961.6581.