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

June 5, 2009

SCHEV Announces Agenda for June 8-9 Meetings

RICHMOND— The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will meet on Monday, June 8 to continue the process of institutional certification under the Restructuring Act. This meeting will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in SCHEV’s main conference room on the 9th floor of the Monroe Building located at 101 North 14th Street in Richmond.

The State Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon to address the opportunities and challenges that public college and university leaders see affecting the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education.  It is the Council’s goal to identify potential policy and advocacy strategies for strengthening Virginia public higher education by engaging in direct dialogue with institutional presidents and chancellors.

Council chairperson Whitt Clement will offer opening remarks and moderate two panel discussions. The first panel, “The Value of Higher Education,” will focus on the public and private benefits of a college education and the diminishing state financial support for higher education. Panelists will be Virginia State University President Eddie Moore, Virginia Military Institute Superintendent Binford Peay, College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley, and Northern Virginia Community College President Robert Templin.

The second panel will focus on “Restructuring, Then and Now” with discussion about the impact of the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act on public institutions, Virginia’s system of higher education, and the Commonwealth.  Strategies will be sought for using restructuring as a tool in securing higher education’s value.  Panelists will be University of Virginia President John Casteen, Longwood University President Patricia Cormier, Radford University President Penelope Kyle, and Virginia Commonwealth University President Eugene Trani. Lunch will be provided at noon for invited guests.

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. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

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