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McDonnell names commission on higher ed.

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the members of his commission on higher education reform, innovation and investment.

The members, announced Friday, include the presidents of several Virginia colleges and universities (including Virginia Tech, JMU, ODU, Hampton and Liberty University) as well as legislators and business and education policy experts.

Tom Farrell, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources and former rector of the University of Virginia, (and a former high school friend of McDonnell,) will serve as chairman.

McDonnell created the commission in April with executive order number nine.

Among other things, the commission is 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 preventing significant and unexpected tuition increases.

It will hold its first meeting in early July and submit a final report to McDonnell by Nov. 30.

"This commission will play a pivotal role in the effort to make Virginia a more-highly educated state where businesses seek to locate and good jobs are available to our citizens in the communities they call home,'' McDonnell said. "We must make higher education more affordable and accessible for Virginians, and expand pathways to earning a college degree."

See below for the full list of members:

-Tom Farrell, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dominion Resources, Inc. Former rector of the University of Virginia
-William Barr, former U.S. attorney general
-Bill Bosher, executive director, Commonwealth Policy Institute and distinguished professor of public policy and education, Virginia Commonwealth University
-John Broderick, president, Old Dominion University
-Del. Kirk Cox, Colonial Heights
-Del. Rosalyn Dance, Petersburg
-JoAnn DiGenarro, president, Center for Excellence in Education
-Mark Dreyfus, president and chief executive officer, ECPI Colleges
-Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor, Liberty University
-Heywood Fralin, chief executive officer, Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
-Rachel Fowlkes, executive director, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
-William Harvey, president, Hampton University
-Bob Holsworth, founder and president, Virginia Tomorrow
-Sen. Edd Houck, Spotsylvania
-Robert Lindgren, president, Randolph-Macon College
-Del. Scott Lingamfelter, Prince William
-Thomas Loehr, executive vice president, Crosspointe Operations, Rolls Royce
- Mirta Martin, interim dean, School of Business and professor of management, Virginia State University
-G. Gilmer Minor, chairman, Owens and Minor, Inc.
-Pamela Moran, superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools
-Raj Narasimhan, site director, Micron Technology Virginia
-Paul Nardo, chief of staff, Speaker William J. Howell
-Sen. Steve Newman, Lynchburg
-Leslie Peterson, director of operations, Chmura Economics and Analytics
-B. Carlyle Ramsey, president, Danville Community College
-Linwood Rose, president, James Madison University
-Del. Tom Rust, Herndon
-Charles Steger, president, Virginia Tech
-Sen. Walter Stosch, Glen Allen
-Todd Stottlemyer, executive vice-president, Inova Health System
-Robin Sullenberger, chief executive officer, Shenandoah Valley Partnership
-Paul Trible, Jr., president, Christopher Newport University
-Sen. William Wampler, Bristol
-Charlie Whitaker, senior vice president of human resources and compliance, Altria Client Services, Inc

Other members include the secretaries of education, technology, and finance or designate, and the vice-chairman of the Council on Virginia's Future. The lieutenant governor, secretary of commerce and trade, and senior economic advisor serve as ex-officio members.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 28, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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We need more in-state students in VA colleges!

Posted by: markjon2378 | May 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Markjon2378, produce one qualified in-state high school graduate who couldn't get admission to any state college or university because there were too many out-of-state students.

Fact is, out-of-state students pay more tuition and fees than the cost of educating them. In other words, out-of-state students subsidize the cost of educating in-state students. If the proportion of out-of-state students is reduced, tuition costs for in-state students would go up even more.

The only way tuition costs are going to be reduced in any meaningful way is for the Commonwealth of Virginia to restore the numerous budget cuts made to higher ed over the past two decades.

Posted by: wpbrown46 | May 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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