About The Growth4VA Coalition

Growth4VA is a broad-based bipartisan coalition of business, education, and political leaders and Virginians from all walks of life who believe that higher education is a crucial economic engine for our Commonwealth.

Our coalition 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 reform and reinvestment throughout the Virginia higher education system.

Sign up now and help our colleges, universities, and community colleges grow Virginia’s economy and create opportunity for all Virginians by investing in talent development and college affordability.


About 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 education 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 of Directors

Dennis H. Treacy, Chair
Nancy Howell Agee, Vice Chair
Todd A. Stottlemyer, Treasurer
George K. Martin, Secretary
Makola M. Abdullah
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
Delbert Parks
Deborah L. Petrine
Michael J. Quillen
Michael Rao
Timothy D. Sands
Mehul Sanghani
The Honorable Paul S. Trible
Preston White
John O. Wynne

Donald J. Finley, President

Virginia Business Higher Education Council
1108 E Main St # 1100
Richmond, VA 23219-3535
Phone: (804) 249-2889
Email: djfinley@vbhec.com

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Virginia’s budget is still under construction. It takes only a minute to let the governor and legislators know you support investing in college affordability and good jobs for all Virginians.


Learn More

Watch the 2019 video below to learn more about Growth4VA.