Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich announced a replacement for Dr. Valerie Richardson on Monday, three days after she was “relieved of her duties” as the president of Bishop State Community College in Mobile.

So far, BSCC nor the community college system have given any reasons why Richardson was terminated — news that first began circulating in the late afternoon of Feb. 19.

Dr. Valarie Richardson (Gadsden State Community College)

Dr. Valarie Richardson (Gadsden State Community College)

The second interim president since the death of Dr. James Lowe last February, Richardson had only served at the helm of the school since last October.

As of Feb. 22 however, BSCC will be under the direction of Dr. Reginald Sykes, who will serve as acting president after leaving the same position at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville.

Dr. Reginald Sykes (Alabama Community College System)

Dr. Reginald Sykes (Alabama Community College System)

“I am extremely appreciative of Dr. Sykes’ willingness to serve as the acting president at Bishop
during this transition,” Heinrich said in a press release announcing the appointment. “I have listened to the local leaders and members of this community. We are committed to achieving a sound workforce development training infrastructure to promote economic development success in southwest Alabama.”

Heinrich went on to say Sykes “shared his vision” of developing a “comprehensive, integrated workforce development system” aimed at creating a skilled and adaptable workforce to meet the needs of employers and citizens in Southwest Alabama.

Sykes has held previous leadership positions at Meridian Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jefferson Davis Campus. Before coming to Alabama Southern, he worked for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, serving as assistant commissioner for community and junior college relations.