Richard Bland College
|Richard Bland College of The College of William and Mary|
|Type||Public junior college|
|President||Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.|
|Location||Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Named after Virginian statesman Richard Bland, RBC was established in 1960 by the Virginia General Assembly as a branch of the College of William and Mary and was once under the umbrella of "the Colleges of William and Mary". Though self-functioning, Richard Bland College is governed by William and Mary's Board of Visitors. At Richard Bland, students have access to a library with over 67,000 books, over 64,000 e-books, and over 4,700 DVDs (most, from an anonymous donor), and the Virtual Library of Virginia, which provides access to many full-text journal databases for students both on-campus and of-campus.
Richard Bland College was established to provide the first two years of college education, after which a successful student would transfer to William & Mary or to another of the four-year colleges in the state. To this end, Richard Bland College has formal credit transfer agreements with twenty Virginia colleges, including The College of William & Mary, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia State University In the autumn of 2008, Richard Bland College became the only two-year college in the state of Virginia to offer campus housing. The residence halls, Freedom Hall and Patriot Hall, offer Richard Bland College students apartment-style living accommodations. The combined capacity of both Patriot and Freedom Halls is approximately 350 students. To maintain the academic atmosphere that the College desires to foster in its living areas, there is a 2.5 GPA requirement for all incoming students who wish to live on campus.
Formerly a large dairy farm, the rural campus is located on the border of Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, just south of Petersburg. The campus features a large grove of century old pecan trees, a restored turn-of-the-20th century farm house that now serves as the president's home, an early 20th century dairy barn (now used as a theater) and a water garden iInspired by Monet’s famous water gardens at Giverny, France.
Former Richard Bland College President Clarence Maze, Jr. with the assistance of Landscape Supervisor and horticulturist Bill Wamsley, created the College’s beautiful water garden. The garden is open to visitors throughout the year. It was started in 1988 and fully developed in 1994. It consists of a one-acre garden, a quarter of which is under water, along with two waterfalls, two Japanese-style bridges, and a pier.
- Richard Bland College
- The College of William and Mary
- Richard Bland College Library
- The RBC Water Garden