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President's Welcome

Eastern President Charles 'Chuck' Terrell, in a striped polo shirt and shades, stands in front of the construction site of Eastern's new wing.

Dear Eastern Community,

When informed about Eastern’s theme for spring 2015, “Your Future is Bright,” I recalled a top twenty song by Timbuk3 in 1986.  'The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades' was an opening track from their debut album, Greetings from Timbuk3.   Pat MacDonald, singer/songwriter revealed on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s that the meaning of the song was widely misinterpreted as a positive perspective in regard to the near future. Regardless, it was recognized by audiences as a positive statement and used at graduations.

Ironically, I started my career pathway in community college education in 1986 at Southside Virginia Community College, the same year Timbuk3 released their top twenty hit. I have witnessed over the past twenty-nine years the positive impact of education on the lives of those who chose to take classes at every community college I have had the honor to work with.  

The future is brighter when we discover our potential through challenging classes and programs.   The positive experiences obtained from in and out of the classroom through relationships and interactions with faculty, staff and students contributes to your growth as an individual.   I discovered 29 years ago a desire and passion to be a part of the community college experience and it has been a wonderful and bright opportunity. 

For all of you who are thinking about taking a class at Eastern, why are you waiting?  Grab your shades and visit Eastern to discover all of the brilliant opportunities.

A welcome back to our returning students who are completing courses and programs to reach their personal educational goals.   Each day brings you closer to reaching your goal.  The light is at the end of the tunnel so be prepared to wear your shades when you emerge on the other side!

And, a huge congratulations to Eastern students graduating this year!   I encourage you to wear your shades at commencement and to share with your family and friends that your future is bright with a college certificate or degree. 

Be cool,

Chuck Terrell, President

Dr. Chuck Terrell, President 

Your Future Is Bright


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