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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

September 11, 2007

SCHEV Elects New Chair, Vice Chair

RICHMOND Members of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) voted today to elect Whittington W. Clement as Council Chair and Eva S. Hardy as Vice Chair . They will lead the Council as it carries out higher education initiatives, including the goals of SCHEV’s 2007-13 systemwide strategic plan, entitled “Advancing Virginia: Access, Alignment, Investment.” Both Mr. Clement and Ms. Hardy were appointed to the Council for 4-year terms in July 2005.

“The Council continues its tradition of strong leadership by electing such knowledgeable and capable individuals to serve in these roles,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV Executive Director. “Mr. Clement recently chaired the Strategic Planning Steering Subcommittee, guiding a diverse group of 36 representatives in crafting a comprehensive systemwide plan for postsecondary education in the Commonwealth. Ms. Hardy is a strong supporter of SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Awards program, in addition to her invaluable service as a member of the Council’s Outreach Committee. I look forward to working with both of them in their new leadership roles.”

Whittington W. Clement is a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams. He also served in Governor Mark Warner’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Transportation for more than three years. Prior to joining the Warner Administration, Mr. Clement served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 14 years representing the City of Danville and part of Pittsylvania County. In the legislature, Mr. Clement served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. In addition to serving as President of the Virginia Bar Association in 1993, Mr. Clement has served on numerous boards including the Board of Managers for the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association, and the Library of Virginia Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Clement is a graduate of the University of Virginia undergraduate and law schools.

Eva S. Hardy is Executive Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Communications at Dominion. Prior to entering the private sector, Ms. Hardy spent 17 years in local and state government, beginning as an urban planner with the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, and culminating as Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the administration of Governor Gerald Baliles. Ms. Hardy serves on the boards of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Flame Bearer of Education Award from The United Negro College Fund and the Oliver W. Hill Citizen of the Year Award. Ms. Hardy holds a master's degree in government and public administration from American University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Hood College.

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at or (804) 225-2627.