Thomas Brewster

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Dr. Thomas Brewster was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four year term July 1, 2014. Brewster is a former member of the Virginia State Board of Education, having served from 2006-2010. In 2012, he was selected superintendent of Pulaski County Schools.  He is credited with a number of […]

Eleanor Saslaw

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Eleanor Saslaw was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four-year term July 1, 2014. A licensed professional counselor, she began her career as a teacher in the Fairfax County school system.  She would later serve as president of the Virginia Counselors Association where she trained counselor lobbyists to work for educational […]

Michael J. Schewel

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Michael Schewel of Richmond was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe for a term beginning July 1, 2014. He has been affiliated with McGuireWoods since 1979, specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and the development and financing of energy projects. Schewel served as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade from 2002-2006, […]

William C. Hall, Jr.

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William C. Hall, Jr., was appointed to the State Board in June 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe. He retired as vice president-corporate communications & community affairs for Dominion in 2013 after a 30 year career in communications, public affairs, and treasury departments. A native of Danville, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from […]

James Cuthbertson

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A native of Scotland, Cuthbertson has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. As the former President and Chief Executive officer of the Texas Heart Institute – the world’s largest cardiovascular treatment center- he is an acknowledged authority on complex medical organizations, their governance and the strategies that have allowed them to achieve […]

Benita Thompson Byas

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Thompson Byas joined Thompson Hospitality in 1992 where she worked in the Operations Department before advancing to the position of VP of Marketing for the company’s contract and food service accounts. In her current role, Thompson Byas oversees all aspects of Thompson Hospitality’s strategic partnership with Compass Group, including operational responsibility for more than 600 […]

Darren Conner

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A professional engineer by trade, Conner currently serves as President of Dewberry Engineers, Inc.’s southeast region. He directs a multi-disciplined staff of 175 professionals in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Throughout his career, Conner has directed numerous operations that have contributed to the economic vitality of southside Virginia. In 2000, he received the Harold Williams […]

Michel Zajur

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Michel Zajur was appointed to serve a four-year term on the State Board for Community Colleges by Gov. McDonnell in 2012. He was also appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, which he chairs. Mr. Zajur is the CEO and founder of The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC), a statewide organization […]

Robin Sullenberger

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Robin Sullenberger of Harrisonburg is CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, a regional economic development marketing organization serving 10 jurisdictions along western Virginia. He was appointed to the State Board for Virginia’s Community Colleges in 2012 by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Sullenberger is a graduate of Virginia Tech and began his career as a teacher and […]

David Nutter

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David Nutter, of Blacksburg is an economic development specialist at Virginia Tech. He was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges by Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2012. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 – 2012 representing 7th district in the southwest part of the state, including the city of Radford […]