McDonnell forms higher education commission
Gov. Bob McDonnell has established a commission on higher education reform, innovation and investment (for those of you who are counting, this would be executive order number nine).
Among other things, the commission will be charged with trying to Increase the number of in-state Virginians enrolling in colleges, preparing students for fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and health care, and making college more affordable.
The commission will be comprised of 30 members, het to be named. It will submit a final report to McDonnell by Nov. 30.
"It is imperative we do more to expand access and affordability at Virginia's colleges and universities,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "Our institutions of higher learning are known worldwide for their innovation, research and quality. Here in Virginia they are job-creators and economic drivers. We must ensure they continue to operate at the highest levels, while remaining accessible to Virginia students."
McDonnell also announced that Laura Fornash, director of state government relations at Virginia Tech, will serve as deputy secretary of education.
March 26, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell
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