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SVCC’s Commencement Pays Tribute To Dr. Cavan, Leader for 31 Years

Dr. John Cavan (Left) and Dr. Glenn DuBois (Right) saying goodby at the Southside Virginia Community College graduation ceremony.  Dr. Cavan will retire this year after 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

How do you say goodbye to a great leader, mentor and higher education advocate?  A good place to start is a gathering of thousands celebrating the completion of educational goals.  This is just what happened on May 10, 2014 at the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.

Dr. John Cavan presided over his final SVCC graduation recently and though it certainly is all about the students, this day was about him too.  In his tenure, he has graduated more than 12,000 people and spent 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

During the event, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor for the Virginia Community College System, was the speaker and had the following to say about Dr. Cavan: “If you are lucky, my friends, you will find mentors and people who inspire you throughout your life.  I have.  And if you will afford me just a moment of personal privilege, I want to tell you about one that is special to me.

The Importance of John Cavan,

For this person, today’s commencement exercise is the final one of his presidency – a significant moment for a man who has loved this community and this college for years.  In turn, they have loved him right back. 

I am talking, of course, about Dr. John Cavan.  Like me, John is a native of New York.  That makes him a hybrid, meaning he operates with southern efficiency and northern charm.

You can search high and low, far and wide, and back again and never meet another person who takes the community college mission to heart the way that John Cavan does.

He once told me that he had a re-occurring nightmare – one that would wake him up at night in a cold sweat. Well, what is it, I asked?

Glenn, he said, I dreamed that I ran out of people to recruit to come to the community college. And he was dead serious.

John Cavan would tell you that only two type of people lived around here: Those who were students of this community college and those who someday will be.

John Cavan is enshrined in three different halls of fame for his success on the basketball court. He has competed 120 marathons over the course of his lifetime, including 18 Boston marathons and 29 New York City marathons. (In fact, I even have a picture in my office of him competing in a Richmond race while on crutches.)

But as passionate as John is about those hobbies, I have no doubt that he would stop any basketball game, that he would walk-off from any marathon course if it meant being able to inspire and convince just one more person to attend his college.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, “It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be judged.”

By that standard, John, I believe that you are the single, greatest community college evangelist that I have ever known. For more than 30 years now, you have spread the word about “America’s Democracy Colleges.” You have inspired a “tradition of education” in more families than we can count. And you have done it all with a passion and energy that is second to none.”

Dr. Cavan will retire July 31, 2014.

Dr. John J. Cavan Recognized As Devoted, Innovative Leader By Virginia General Assembly

The General Assembly of Virginia recently commended Dr. John J. Cavan, President of Southside Virginia Community College, for his work helping student of the Commonwealth to build bright futures.  Dr. Cavan is retiring in 2014 after 32 years at the helm of SVCC.

Senate Joint Resolution Number 92 was agreed to by the Senate and House of Delegates on January 14, 2014.  It recognized Dr. Cavan as a devoted, forward-thinking leader in higher education.  The resolution states that “due in large part to John Cavan’s dedicated leadership, Southside Virginia Community College has one of the best served and largest service areas in the Commonwealth.”

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at SVCC in 1983 with a goal of moving the college into the 21st Century.  Dr. Cavan never forgot his roots and made a commitment to serve the under-served community and build a strong tradition of education for the region that he has come to love.               

A graduate of Nicholls State University, he received his master’s degrees from Kean University and Yeshiva University.  He also completed the Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and has completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Cavan held numerous administrative positions at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.  He has taught in the graduate school of George Mason University, George Washington University and Yeshiva University and been a guest lecturer at the Center for International Leadership in New York City. 

Growth of centers offering college courses has been initiated by Dr. Cavan during his tenure with him promising to “take the college to the people at any place and any time.”  The college has two campuses, and many permanent centers.

An avid basketball player, he has been named to two college basketball halls of fame and the athletic hall of fame for Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Cavan is as persistent in his athletic endeavors as he is in providing quality education to Southside Virginians.  A marathon runner, he has completed a total of 120 marathons including 18 Boston Marathons and 29 New York City Marathons. 

Cavan has devoted his life to education and athleticism. 

“With his vision, determination and professionalism, Dr. John Cavan leaves a legacy of excellence to SVCC and community college presidents throughout the Commonwealth,” the resolution reads.

Senator Louise Lucas presented the resolution to Dr. Cavan.

Dr. John Cavan Receives 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award from Brunswick Chamber

Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, received the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 2 013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service award on January 8, 2014.   Dr. John Sykes, Jr., former Provost of the Christanna Campus introduced Dr. Cavan and presented facts about his years at SVCC

His legacy includes years of record enrollment, innovative new programs, thousands of college graduates and the best served and largest service area in the state community college system, according to Dr. Sykes.   “His innovation and ability to formulate a strong offensive has enabled him to bring many educational opportunities to this rural area including Truck Driver Training, the largest dual enrollment program in Virginia, athletic teams who have done extremely well, the Middle College Program, Honors Program, associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs and strong transfer opportunities,” Dr. Sykes said.

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at Southside Virginia Community College in 1983 with a goal of moving the college into the 21st Century.  Dr. Cavan never forgot his roots and made a commitment to serve the under-served community and build a strong tradition of education for the region that he has come to love.  A graduate of Nicholls State University, he received his master’s degrees from Kean University and Yeshiva University.  He also completed the Ed.S.  and  Ed.D.  from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and has completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Cavan held numerous administrative positions at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.  He has taught in the graduate school of George Mason University, George Washington University and Yeshiva University and been a guest lecturer at the Center for International Leadership in New York City. 

Growth of centers offering college courses has been initiated by Dr. Cavan during his tenure with him promising to “take the college to the people at any place and any time.”  The college has two campuses, and many permanent  centers .  An avid basketball player, he has been named to two college basketball halls of fame and the athletic hall of fame for Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Cavan is as persistent in his athletic endeavors as he is in providing quality education to Southside Virginians.  A marathon runner, he has completed a total of 120 marathons including 18 Boston Marathons and 29 New York City Marathons.  Cavan has devoted his life to education and athleticism.  As the leader at Southside Virginia Community College he has approached the job with the same fevered commitment.  The college has experienced record growth during Cavan’s tenure and currently serves more than 8,000 students per year.

He and his wife, Ann, reside in Kenbridge, Virginia.  They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Photo Caption:  The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce chose Dr. John J. Cavan as the recipient of the 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award.  Shown in the photo are (left to right) Linda Branson, Chamber President, Dr. Cavan, and Dr. John Sykes, Jr., past president of the Chamber and former Provost at SVCC.

DR. CAVAN’S 2014 CALENDAR IS A HIT

A year’s worth of mandela art featuring institutes of higher education and bound together in a glossy calendar has garnered much praise for the creator.  Dr. John J. Cavan’s Higher Education in America 2014 Calendar features colleges and universities throughout the world depicted through his artwork. 

Mandala is an ancient art form from the Sanskrit word for “circle” and features symmetrical geometric designs that serve as cosmograms and focal points for meditation, according to Mandala Designs by Martha Bartfeld, copyrighted by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1997.  Dr. Cavan’s mandala’s feature college colors and mascots and designs of more than 200 of these colleges.

This year’s calendar features 144 institutes of higher learning including Southside Virginia Community College, Harvard University, the University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, University of Michigan, Murray State University, James Madison University, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University and the College of William and Mary just to name a few.  Dr. Cavan sent calendars as gifts to the presidents of colleges featured and other colleagues and received a grand response.

Drew Faust, President of Harvard, emailed that he appreciated that his college was included in the calendar.  W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University, wrote, “I look forward to enjoying your work throughout the year and seeing our nation’s institutes of higher education portrayed in such a beautiful manner.”

Cornell University President David J. Skorton noted that the designs were interesting and was also pleased Cornell is included in this year’s calendar.  The College of William and Mary is featured in the month of January which was noted in the thank you from that college’s President W. Taylor Reveley, III.

Others who responded with notes included presidents from Emory and Henry College, Averett University, Randolph-Macon College, Campbell University , St. John’s University,  the University of the Ozarks, Coastal Carolina University and the Admissions representative from Johnson and Wales University.

This is the third in a series of calendars designed by Dr. Cavan.  This year features the most colleges and universities.  The president of St. Joseph’s University noted, “I enjoyed looking through the pages of the calendar, Dr. Cavan, and was thrilled to see Saint Joseph’s University among your work.  I did, however, wonder if you are aware of the longstanding rivalry between St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University.  We are situated side by side in the month of November.  Of course, I am joking, but I did get a laugh out of seeing that.”

The calendar offers an interesting and new perspective on the colleges and universities we all love to hear about and cheer for in sports situations. 

Dr. Cavan is the President of Southside Virginia Community College and has presented his artwork to many people throughout the nation including our nation’s presidents, governors, chief justices, senators and college presidents.

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