President Robert R. Lindgren
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren
to the Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. Following
is a press release from the office of Governor McDonnell.
Governor McDonnell Announces Members of Governor's Commission on Higher Education
Reform, Innovation and Investment
Governor's Ninth Executive Order Establishes Commission Focused on Increasing Educational
Attainment, Implementing Innovation and Ensuring Cost Containment and Predictability,
and Developing Partnerships for Research and Economic Development
Presidents of Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, James Madison, Hampton, Liberty, Randolph-Macon,
Christopher Newport, and Danville Community College Serve on Commission
McDonnell “We Must Make College Education More Affordable and Accessible for Virginians.”
RICHMOND–Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the members
of his Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment.
The Commission includes the Presidents of eight Virginia colleges and universities,
as well as a number of business, education policy and government officials. It will
be chaired by Thomas Farrell. Farrell is the former Rector of the University of
Virginia and currently serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion Resources.
The Commission was created by the Governor’s Executive Order Number Nine. It is
scheduled to have its first meeting in early July, and will submit a final report
with recommendations by November 30, 2010.
Speaking about the commission, Governor McDonnell noted, “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. We must make higher education more affordable and accessible for
Virginians, and expand pathways to earning a college degree. 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
“The Governor has consistently demonstrated his commitment to Virginia’s higher
education system and its tremendous impact on job creation and the overall economy,”
said Thomas Farrell, Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform.
“I am honored to chair this important effort and look forward to working with the
Governor and his commission to develop bold initiatives to increase access and affordability
for Virginia’s students while focusing our universities on programs designed to
improve the career readiness of our graduates.”
Members of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and
• Tom Farrell, Chairman, President and CEO, Dominion Resources, Inc. Former Rector
of the University of Virginia
• William Barr, Former U.S. Attorney General
• Dr. Bill Bosher, Executive Director, Commonwealth Policy Institute and Distinguished
Professor of Public Policy and Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
• John Broderick, President, Old Dominion University
• Delegate Kirk Cox, Colonial Heights
• Delegate Rosalyn Dance, Petersburg
• JoAnn DiGenarro, President, Center for Excellence in Education
• Mark Dreyfus, President and CEO, ECPI Colleges
• Jerry Falwell, Jr., Chancellor, Liberty University
• Heywood Fralin, CEO of Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
• Dr. Rachel Fowlkes, Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
• Dr. William Harvey, President, Hampton University
• Dr. Bob Holsworth, Founder and President, Virginia Tomorrow
• Senator Edd Houck, Spotsylvania
• Dr. Robert Lindgren, President, Randolph-Macon College
• Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Prince William
• Thomas Loehr, Executive Vice President - Crosspointe Operations, Rolls Royce
• Dr. Mirta Martin, Interim Dean, School of Business and Professor of Management,
Virginia State University
• G. Gilmer Minor, Chairman, Owens and Minor, Inc.
• Dr. Pamela Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools
• Raj Narasimhan, Site Director, Micron Technology Virginia
• Paul Nardo, Chief of Staff, Speaker William J. Howell
• Senator Steve Newman, Lynchburg
• Leslie Peterson, Director of Operations, Chmura Economics and Analytics
• Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, President, Danville Community College
• Dr. Linwood Rose, President, James Madison University
• Delegate Tom Rust, Herndon
• Dr. Charles Steger, President, Virginia Tech
• Senator Walter Stosch, Glen Allen
• Todd Stottlemyer, Executive Vice-President, Inova Health System
• Robin Sullenberger, CEO, Shenandoah Valley Partnership
• Paul Trible, Jr., President, Christopher Newport University
• Senator William Wampler, Bristol
• Charlie Whitaker, Senior VP of Human Resources and Compliance, Altria Client Services,
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 shall serve as ex officio
The Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment
will focus on the following:
1. Identifying ways to prevent significant and unexpected tuition increases to ensure
affordability and provide cost predictability for students and their parents.
2. Increasing significantly the percentage of college-age Virginians enrolling in
institutions of higher education and attaining degrees.
3. Attracting and preparing young people for the STEM (science, technology, engineering,
and math) areas and other disciplines (e.g., healthcare and advanced manufacturing)
where skill shortages now exist and/or unmet demand is anticipated.
4. Forging effective public-private partnerships and regional strategies for business
recruitment, workforce preparation, and university-based research.
5. Making Virginia a national leader in providing higher education opportunities
to military personnel and veterans.
6. Crafting a sustainable higher education funding model that will systematically
move Virginia toward higher levels of educational attainment and economic competitiveness
over the next decade-and-a-half.
7. Developing innovative ways to deliver quality instruction, cost-saving reform
strategies, and affordable new pathways to degree attainment for capable Virginians
regardless of income or background.
8. Ensuring state supported universities focus financial resources on the core mission
of educating students and preparing them for careers in the 21st Century economy.