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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 786-2627
For Immediate Release

July 17, 2013

SCHEV Names Council Leadership

RICHMOND — Members of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) have re-elected Gilbert Bland of Virginia Beach as Chair and G. Gilmer Minor III of Richmond as Vice Chair. Mary Haddad of Suffolk was elected for the first time to serve as Secretary. They will lead the Council as it carries out its ongoing responsibilities as the coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education.

“This is an exciting time for higher education in Virginia as SCHEV and its stakeholders respond to a changing landscape in post secondary education,” said Bland. “That includes maintaining quality, increasing efficiency, addressing affordability, and fueling economic growth so that our students will have jobs when they graduate.”

Bland is Chairman of Tymark Enterprises and has owned and operated over 70 restaurants in Virginia and elsewhere.  Mr. Bland is a charter member of the Burger King Diversity Action Council and has served on the Board of Directors for the Burger King National Franchise Association and the Southeast Pizza Hut Franchise Association.  He has served on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University, as well as the Board of Trustees for the James Madison University Foundation.

Minor is Chairman of Owens & Minor, Inc. Mr. Minor is a member of the Virginia Higher Education Business Council and a former 8-year member of the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors, serving as President of the Board for the last 3 years.

Mary Haddad is President and Co-founder of the Louis and Mary Haddad Foundation, which empowers those in need through education.  Mrs. Haddad served as Vice-rector at Old Dominion University. She has the distinction of being the only current student on the Council as she works toward her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership with a certification in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Yesterday’s meeting was also the first for two new Council members, W. Heywood Fralin and Martin J. Briley.

Fralin is Chairman of Medical Facilities of America, Inc. and Co-Chairman of Retirement Unlimited, Inc. He has also been actively involved with the Commonwealth’s higher education system as Chairman of the Virginia Business-Higher Education Council and a member of Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.

Briley is President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and has served as director of the Kuwait Redevelopment Assistance Group and as a member of the Governor’s Biotechnology Advisory Board, the Attorney General’s Task Force on Regulatory Reform, and the Governor’s Post-Attack Economic Response Task Force.

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.

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