About the Growth4VA Coalition

Growth4VA is founded by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and supported by all 16 public colleges and universities in Virginia, the Virginia Community College System, and Virginia’s non-profit private institutions. We are promoting investment and innovation throughout the Virginia higher education system.

What is the Virginia Business Higher Education Council?

The Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) was founded in 1994 by Virginia business leaders on the principle that the prosperity of Virginia and the well-being of its citizens is fundamentally tied to access to a strong system of public colleges and universities.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan partnership between Virginia’s business community and higher ed leadership, VBHEC’s mission is to enhance the performance of Virginia’s public colleges, universities, and community colleges and their funding by state government so they can produce the greatest possible positive impact on Virginia’s economy.

VBHEC is committed to educating the public about higher education’s crucial role in Virginia’s economy, and it strives to secure the support needed for the Commonwealth’s colleges, universities, and community colleges to rank among the nation’s best.

Board Members

Dennis H. Treacy, Chair
Nancy Howell Agee, Vice Chair
Todd A. Stottlemyer, Treasurer
George K. Martin, Secretary
Makola M. Abdullah
Javaune Adams-Gaston
Jonathan R. Alger
G. Robert Aston, Jr.
Robert M. Blue
Glenn DuBois
Clifford B. Fleet
W. Heywood Fralin
Victoria D. Harker
John T. Hazel, Jr.
Donna Price Henry
Mark J. Hourigan
Jennifer L. Hunter
C. Burke King
Howard P. Kern
G. Gilmer Minor, III
James B. Murray, Jr.
Mark R. Pace
Troy D. Paino
Delbert Parks
Deborah L. Petrine
Michael J. Quillen
Michael Rao
Katherine A. Rowe
James E. Ryan
Timothy D. Sands
Mehul Sanghani
Paul S. Trible
Gregory Washington
Preston White
John O. Wynne


Donald J. Finley, President
1108 E Main St # 1100
Richmond, VA 23219-3535
Phone: (804) 249-2889
Email: djfinley@vbhec.com

Growth4VA is a campaign of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council