ABINGDON, Va. -

Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon has a new president.

On Tuesday, the chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges announced Dr. Gene Couch, Jr. will be the sixth president starting July 1.

Couch has served at Alamance Community College and Southwestern Community College, which are both in North Carolina.

Couch replaces Dr. Ron Proffitt, who retires this year after four years at the school.