In order to provide educational opportunities beyond high school to all citizens of the Commonwealth, the 1966 Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Community College System. The System’s Master Plan divides the Commonwealth into 23 regions with a community college to serve each region. In areas that are geographically isolated or heavily populated, more than one campus may exist. Region 21, which serves the Franklin-Suffolk area, was organized by the Local Board on January 7, 1970 with Roger Drake elected as the first chairman. On April 1, 1970, the College was officially named “Paul D. Camp” to honor a man noted for his contributions to this region’s development and whose family donated the land for the campus. The first president, Dr. Perry Adams, served from 1970 until he was succeeded by Dr. Johnnie E. Merritt in 1980. Subsequent presidents included Dr. Michael B. McCall (1984), Dr. Edwin L. Barnes (1988), Dr. Jerome J. Friga (1992), Dr. Douglas W. Boyce (2002), Dr. Paul Wm. Conco (2010), Dr. William C. Aiken (interim, 2015), and Dr. Daniel Lufkin (2016). Paul D. Camp Community College opened its Franklin Campus in the fall of 1971 with a comprehensive program featuring occupational-technical and college transfer curricula as well as foundation-building and continuing adult education classes. In 1979, the College began offering classes in Suffolk, where it utilized the John Randolph Elementary School building from 1981 until 1982 when an off-campus center was established in a building on Pinner Street. In 1988, the Pinner Street facility received campus status. In 1993, the Smithfield Center began operation, and by 1995, the Hobbs Suffolk Campus was constructed on Kenyon Road.