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Contact: Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627


For Immediate Release

April 16, 2010

SCHEV Executive Director Resigns to Lead Los Angeles Community Colleges

RICHMOND — After six years of service at the helm of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Dr. Daniel J. LaVista is leaving to become Chancellor of the nation’s largest community college district. The Los Angeles Community College District serves one-quarter million students in more than 36 counties.

As Executive Director of SCHEV, the state agency that coordinates higher education in the Commonwealth, Dr. LaVista has played a pivotal role in several major developments since his arrival in August of 2004. Among his many accomplishments are the development and administration of the 2005 Higher Education Restructuring Act and the creation of New College Institute in Martinsville, Virginia.

“Virginia’s loss is California’s gain,” said Christine Milliken, Chair of SCHEV. “Dan has served Virginia’s world-class higher education system admirably. The restructuring of higher education in Virginia is an advancement that is important to the Commonwealth but also serves as a model for the entire country. Dan’s leadership has been instrumental to that effort.”

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my six-year tenure at SCHEV,” said Dr. LaVista. “The State Council is a group of informed private citizens who care about higher education policy and the SCHEV staff is unparalleled in their knowledge and skills. I’ve been fortunate to have had the privilege of serving with both and, with them, adding to the contributions that institutions make every day to sustain and grow the quality of Virginia higher education.”

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 Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

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


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