Belle S. Wheelan
Belle S. Wheelan became President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in July 2005. Prior to that, she served as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia for three and a half years. Before assuming the role of Secretary, she served as President of Northern Virginia Community College, the second largest community college in the nation.
As President of Central Virginia Community College, Dr. Wheelan was the first African American woman to serve as president of a two- or four-year public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She also served as Provost of the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Wheelan came to Virginia as the Dean of Student Services at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Prior to that, she was Director of Developmental Education at San Antonio College.
Dr. Wheelan received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas, her M.A. in developmental/educational psychology from Louisiana State University, and her B.A. from Trinity University with a double major in psychology and sociology.