The Inauguration of James M. Shaeffer


ESCC Inaugurates Fifth President on March 27th

Melfa, VA – Dr. James M. Shaeffer will be inaugurated as the fifth president of Eastern Shore Community College on Friday, March 27, 2020.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the college campus.

Dr. Shaeffer became the fifth president of ESCC in July of 2019.  Prior to that time he served as the founding dean of the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Old Dominion University, a position he had held since 2014. Shaeffer has worked in education for 40 years, beginning as a middle school instructor in the Kansas City School District in 1979.

Between 1984 and 1992, he worked at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, serving in several different positions. In 1992, he became an assistant professor and director of the School for Extended Studies and Public Studies at the University of Wyoming. He was elevated to associate professor in 1994, and became the division head of the Extended Credit Programs in the university’s School of Extended Studies and Public Service.

Shaeffer worked at the University of North Dakota, beginning in 1996, rising from an associate dean to an associate vice president. He moved to James Madison University in 2005 where he was an associate vice provost and an associate professor.

His academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University; a master’s degree from Kansas State University; and a doctorate from Northwestern University.

The College Advisory Board, ESCC Foundation Board, and the faculty, staff and students are pleased to be part of such an important occasion in the history of the College.  The inauguration offers an opportunity for the Eastern Shore to support the new president and to celebrate the excitement surrounding a new facility and expanded possibilities for our students.

Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, will install Dr. Shaeffer during the ceremony.

Representatives of many public and private higher education institutions in Virginia will send delegates to march in the academic processional along with the ESCC faculty. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Bill LeCato at 757-789-1797 or email