David Doré, Ed.D.
David Doré became Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) on April 1, 2023. Dr. Doré is the tenth person to lead the system, which was founded in 1966. He succeeded Dr. Sharon Morrissey, who served in the post on an interim basis since July 2022. In his position, Dr. Doré provides day-to-day leadership for a system serving more than 200,000 degree-seeking and workforce-career training students annually. That’s more than 40 percent of Virginia’s undergraduate students. He oversees 23 independently accredited community colleges across 40 locations in every corner of Virginia.
David Doré joined the VCCS in his twenty-seventh year serving community college students. Like so many of our students, he was a first-generation college student. His career has been guided by a fundamental belief that every learner can succeed if the conditions are right. He has focused on serving diverse and underrepresented populations to foster inclusive learning communities, supporting open access, student success, and economic mobility.
Dr. Doré came to Virginia from Tucson, Arizona, where he served as President of Campuses and Executive Vice Chancellor at Pima Community College. There he led the College’s five campuses and workforce development initiatives, including the development of the College’s Centers of Excellence in response to the needs of Arizona’s workforce sectors.
Prior to Pima, Dr. Doré served as Dean of Career and Technical Education with the Maricopa Community College District in Tempe, Arizona, and Dean of the School of Business and Dean of the Downtown Campus at City College of San Francisco.
Doré served as a full-time faculty member at the community college, university and secondary levels for twenty years.
Doré earned his Doctor of Education degree at Pepperdine University; a Master of Business Administration degree at Georgetown University; his Master of Education at Boston College; a Master of Theological Studies (Ethics) at Santa Clara University; Licentiate of Philosophy in Ethics at Gonzaga University; and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Gannon University.
He was a 2017-18 Presidential Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and has been active in community leadership and in advocating for community college education at the state and national levels.
David Doré is married to his partner of 25 years, Chauncey Roach, who has served 30 years in federal employment, including six years in the U.S. Air Force and 24 years with the Veterans Health Administration, as a registered nurse.