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

June 19, 2014

SCHEV’s Latest Hires Represent Innovation in Higher Education

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) welcomes three new employees to address strategic goals in Virginia’s higher education system.

Wendy Kang comes to SCHEV from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and will serve in the newly created position of Director of Higher Education Innovation. Among other responsibilities she will research and identify activities and initiatives that will enhance the quality of higher education for Virginians and improve operational efficiencies. Her work also will focus on collaborations among postsecondary institutions and partnerships with secondary education, economic development, and businesses. In addition to her most recent work at the VCCS, Kang was a senior analyst with the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission (JLARC), which included working on studies related to secondary education, funding formulas in education, and workforce. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bentley University.

Jean Mottley joins SCHEV’s Finance Policy section as a Senior Associate. Dr. Mottley will help SCHEV fulfill its responsibility to the legislature and the Governor by researching and supplying information about the funding of higher education. That includes coordinating SCHEV’s work with the public colleges and universities as they update the six-year plans required by the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011. Mottley also will serve an important role in compiling the annual Tuition and Fees Report, a document that receives a great deal of attention from lawmakers, the media, and the public. Dr. Mottley served an eleven-year stint as a Lead Analyst for the Virginia Department of Corrections. She has also worked at two institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth: Hampden-Sydney College and Virginia Tech. She received her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Longwood University.

Anita Karthikeyan, joins SCHEV’s effort to provide the most comprehensive student-level data of any state in the country. As a database administrator, Karthikeyan will provide support and maintenance in the administration of SCHEV's student-specific postsecondary enrollment database. The Virginia Longitudinal Data System is a collaborative effort among several educational agencies that share deidentified information regarding student success and employment. Karthikeyan is also familiar with higher education, having worked in the Office of Vice President for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. Both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were earned at Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India.

“As SCHEV looks ahead to Virginia’s educational and workforce needs, it’s important to hire strategically,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “These three women own the skills and experience needed to keep SCHEV current and move the agency forward.”   

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