New board members

New College Institute Welcomes New Board Appointees

Martinsville, VA — New College Institute’s Board of Directors welcomed two new Board appointees, Rebecca Horner and Hubert Harris, during their recent strategic planning retreat.

Rebecca Horner, of Richmond, was appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin. Horner holds a BA, MEd., and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (UVA) and previously served on the adjunct faculty of the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Earlier in her career, Horner worked at American Management Systems, the McLean Group, and Broughton Systems, Inc. as an information technology and strategy consultant serving various industries of the private sector and state government.  In addition to the Board of Directors at NCI, Horner currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Family Studies in Charlottesville and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.  She previously served on the University of Mary Washington Honors Program Advisory Board.


“I am honored and excited to join NCI’s Board of Directors, and I look forward to serving the Martinsville community and the Commonwealth as the organization moves forward,” shared Horner.


Hubert D. Harris was also appointed to the New College Institute Board of Directors by Governor Youngkin. Harris retired as the Chief of Staff of Virginia State University (VSU) where he also served as Vice President for Administration, Associate Vice President for Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer. As VSU’s Chief of Staff, Harris oversaw the President’s Executive Office, the Department of Athletics, the Department of Police and Public Safety, and the Department of Technology Services. Harris authored budget decision packages that resulted in the University receiving $12.3 million in general fund appropriations for modernizing the academic and administrative computing infrastructure. Additionally, he successfully led the university transformation from on-premises to cloud-hosted technology systems.


“Access and opportunity to higher education and job training are vital services for citizens and employers in the City of Martinsville, Henry County, and throughout our Commonwealth,” said Harris. “NCI can be a conduit for developing workforce talent throughout the West Piedmont region. I look forward to working with NCI’s Board and staff.”


Prior to serving the Commonwealth, Harris worked as a Senior Technology Manager with Accenture (formerly known as Andersen Consulting), Technology Architect for IBM Global Services, and Managing Principal Consultant for Informix Software. Harris holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Management degree from the University of Maryland University College. In December 2022, Mr. Harris will complete his Doctor of Education degree from Liberty University. Harris is a veteran of the U.S. Army.


New College Institute is governed by a 15-member board, and among other duties, is directed by the Code of Virginia to “oversee the educational programs of New College and may enter into and administer agreements with institutions of higher education for such institutions to provide continuing education, instructional programs, and degree programs at New College.”