||| DONALD E. PUYEAR
Puyear Consulting LLC
BS ChE 1954, Missouri School of Mines
MS ChE 1958, Missouri School of Mines
PhD ChE 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Donald began his career as an assistant professor in chemical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In July 1964, he became the Director of a new branch college of Virginia Polytechnic Institute called Clifton Forge-Covington Community College. In 1967, the Virginia Community College System was established and Donald became the founding president of the renamed Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. In 1969, he moved to become the founding president for the Virginia Highlands Community College. There he helped in the transition of a vocation-technical school into a community college. In 1974, Donald took a position as president of Central Virginia Community College until 1983. In 1983, Donald advanced to Vice Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System where he had the responsibility for educational services, institutional research, data services, and special projects. He also served as interim president when special circumstances required strong experienced leadership. In 1992, he became Executive Director of the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona where he provided leadership and support to State Board responsible for coordinating community colleges until June of 2001. In July 2002, Donald became president of Puyear Consulting LLC. He retired from his consulting practice in 2018.
Donald has authored and co-authored many publications. Donald and his wife Jo Ann have four children and they reside in Goodyear, Arizona. Donald was inducted into the Academy in 2008.
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