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President’s Office
Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219
276.523.2400

Peggy Gibson
Executive Assistant to the President
President’s Office
276.523.2400 ext. 490
Fax: 276.523.4130
pgibson@mecc.edu

Dr. Kristen Westover, President of MECC

Dr. Kristen Westover

Dr. Kris Westover has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining MECC, she served as the vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. In 2016, the Aspen Institute selected Westover for inclusion in the inaugural class of its national Aspen Presidential Fellows program.                

She holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.