News Release

Chairman Redd Commends President Wilcox; Announces Presidential Search

During the Southern Virginia University Board of Trustees meeting on April 14, 2023, on-leave President Reed N. Wilcox shared his intention not to return to the university following his six-month medical leave granted on Jan. 6, 2023. 

Today, Chairman Hugh Redd announced that the Board of Trustees has officially accepted President Wilcox’s resignation, effective June 30, 2023, with a commendation for his many significant accomplishments while serving as Southern Virginia’s president for the past nine years—the university’s longest-tenured president to date. A list containing some of President Wilcox’s notable accomplishments can be found below this message.

To select the university’s next president, Chairman Redd has appointed a Presidential Search Committee comprised of five members of the board: Laura Whiteley, chair of the presidential search committee, Scott McKeon, president of the alumni association, Gregg Scott, trustee, Ann Christensen, vice chair of the board, and Hugh Redd, chairman of the board. This committee has been working consistently since its appointment at the April 14 meeting. Individuals can share suggestions and feedback with the committee by emailing This email address will remain available until May 31, 2023.

The Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee are committed to dedicating the time and resources necessary to find the right fit for the university and its future. Acting President Dr. Eric Denna will continue to serve as the university’s acting president while the committee conducts its search.


Hugh Redd, Chair, Board of Trustees
Ann Christensen, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

University Accomplishments during President Wilcox’s Tenure