The Council consists of 13 members appointed for four-year terms (except appointments that fill vacancies occurring shall be appointed for the unexpired term). There are 12 members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly and one ex officio member. At least one appointee shall have served as a president or chief executive of a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. At least one member shall be a sitting Virginia school superintendent, either at the state or local level. The President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership shall serve ex officio with voting privileges. All terms begin July 1.
The Council meets six times per year and all meetings are open to the public. Three meetings are held in Richmond at the SCHEV offices; two are held on a public college campus on a rotating basis; and one is held at a private institution. In addition, the Council typically holds a joint meeting once a year with the public college presidents.
The Council operates under a committee structure, determined by the Council Chair. The current standing committees are the Executive Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Resource and Planning Committee. The chair may appoint such other standing committees or ad hoc committees from time to time as deemed appropriate or to ensure the efficient disposition of the Council’s work. The chair shall specify the purpose and duration of any ad hoc committee. Additional meetings may be scheduled at the call of the chair.
- The Executive Committee consists of the chair, vice chair and such other members as may be appointed by the chair. The Executive Committee shall make recommendations in all those areas concerning the internal management of Council operations, including the organization and effective functioning of the Council, its staff and its work. The Executive Committee shall act on behalf of the Council between meetings.
Members of the Executive Committee: Gil Minor (Chair), Heywood Fralin (Vice Chair), Minnis Ridenour (Secretary), Marge Connolly, and Gene Lockhart.
- The Academic Affairs Committee is charged with overseeing the work of SCHEV staff on all matters of academic concern. Its activities include the statutorily authorized approval of new academic programs and instructional sites at public higher education institutions; the certification of new and out-of-state postsecondary institutions; and the implementation of state policies on a broad range of topics such as assessment, transfer, reinstatement of students called for military duty, and strategic planning. The Committee also receives updates and reports on special initiatives and grant-funded programs (GEAR UP and NCLB) administered by SCHEV staff.
Members of the Academic Affairs Committee: Gene Lockhart (Chair), Carlyle Ramsey (Vice Chair), Ken Ampy, Heywood Fralin, Pam Moran, and Katharine Webb.
- The Resources and Planning Committee is charged with assisting the Council in developing its annual budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly; reporting on enrollment and degrees; and overseeing development and implementation of the Council’s strategic planning efforts. Referred to as The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, it will continue to lead the Council’s work.
Members of the Resources and Planning Committee are: Marge Connelly (Chair), Henry Light (Vice Chair), Dan Gunderen, William Murray, Minnis Ridenour and Tom Slater.