Inauguration of Dr. Tommy F. Wright


Inauguration of SWCC's 3rd President, Dr. Tommy F. Wright

Friday, October 26, 2018

Southwest Virginia Community College will inaugurate its 3rd president, Dr. Tommy F. Wright, at the Charles R. King Community Center on SWCC's campus. The ceremony will include the formal installation of Dr. Wright by Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois.

Dr. Wright began serving as SWCC's President in January of 2018. He came to SWCC from Cleveland State Community College, where he served as vice president for finance and advancement, as well as the executive director of the college's education foundation. Learn more about President Wright.

A luncheon will be held in the King Community Center at the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony, and an inaugural ball is set for the evening.



Requests for seating at the inauguration ceremony & luncheon are no longer being accepted as the RSVP date has passed.


The inauguration ceremony will begin at 11 am in the Mary W. Lawson Auditorium in the King Community Center.




Lunch will be served following the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony in the King Community Center gymnasium (around noon).


Inaugural Ball

The inaugural ball is set to begin at 7:00 pm in the King Community Center.

This event features accomplished vocalist & entertainer Eric D. Moore.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cocktail attire.

No entry fee required.



The Charles R. King Community Center is located off Rt. 19 between Lebanon and Claypool Hill, Virgina. The address of the Center is 295 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff, Virgina.

Parking/Campus Information


Campus & Community Tours are available at the conclusion of the inaugural luncheon. Please indicate your interest in a tour on the RSVP form.

Parking is available at the King Community Center and in the Buchanan and Dickenson Hall lots. See campus map.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Please make your reservation before October 1st to reserve from the block of rooms being held at these two hotels for this event, 

Claypool Hill (4.1 mi.) - (276) 596-9880, 180 Clay Drive, Pounding Mill, Virginia
Lebanon (17.9 mi.) - (276) 880-0159, 228 Regional Park Road, Lebanon, Virginia

Cabins or B&B's are available in the immediate area, including The Cottage at Crab Orchard, Cuz's Cabins and Journey on the Clinch.

See Visit Tazewell County website for more information.


Inaugural Ball

Join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and celebration with entertainment featuring Eric Moore.

We invite you to make plans to attend this inaugural event, set to begin at 7 pm in the King Community Center. Enjoy this time of fun and entertainment with friends, new and old, as SWCC hosts an evening of celebration.

The evening will feature entertainment by Eric Moore, an Atlanta, Georgia native. Eric is an anointed and accomplished vocalist. He has a unique, versatile style that blends contemporary, traditional and jazz, with a hint of bluegrass.

The RSVP deadline for this event has passed. There is no charge for this event.

The Eagle Project | No Greater Honor than Service

SWCC's employees and students dedicated a day of service to community members September 21, 2018.

Dr. Wright's team volunteered by painting the indoor Skate Park at Teen Venture in Richlands VA

Southwest Virginia Community College and President Tommy Wright place a priority on service learning and on giving back to the communities that give us so much. That’s why we hosted our inaugural Eagle Project Day of Service on Friday, September 21. Students, faculty & staff enjoyed getting out in our communities and working to complete service projects in our service region.

The Eagle Project is a unique opportunity to contribute to and learn about our service area while at the same time getting to know one another,

Many thanks to our volunteers and community members alike, who participated in The Eagle Project | Day of Service. View the Fall 2018 Gallery of Service