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Director of Academic Affairs & Planning


Joseph G. DeFilippo

Dr. Joseph DeFilippo has served as the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s (SCHEV) Director of Academic Affairs and Planning since 2006.

Dr. DeFilippo provides leadership and coordination for state academic policies relating to public institutions of higher education, including institutional program approval, transfer and articulation, program productivity, changes of mission statement, and new instructional sites. He also oversees SCHEV’s office of Postsecondary and Out of State Postsecondary Education (POPE), which authorizes certain private and out of state institutions to operate in Virginia.

Before coming to SCHEV, Dr. DeFilippo served as Assistant Provost and head of the Office of Academic Programs and Planning at the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration. He has held teaching appointments in classics and philosophy at a number of institutions, including The Ohio State University, Cornell University, and The University of North Dakota. Dr. DeFilippo has published scholarship on a variety of topics in Greek and Roman philosophy.

Dr. DeFilippo has earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Cornell University, and master’s and PhD degrees in classics from Princeton University.