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VSU Announces Support of Growth4VA Campaign

Published date: September 25, 2017

Virginia State University today announced its support of the newly-launched Growth4VA campaign, which will focus on promoting reform and reinvestment in Virginia’s top-ranked higher education system. The campaign, backed by a partnership of higher education and business leaders, aims to help grow the Virginia economy, expand access to education and job opportunities for all Virginians, and regain Virginia’s #1 ranking for business. 

Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges are stepping up to help achieve these goals. Working with our partners in the business community, we will be offering practical policies and creative ideas focused on four strategies: 

·       Make Virginia the Top State for Talent

·       Become recognized as the Home of Innovators and Entrepreneurs

·       Prepare Virginians for Great Jobs and Great Lives

·       Provide Affordable Access for All Virginians

“Our diverse system of research universities, four-year colleges and community colleges is a uniquely valuable asset for our Commonwealth, and the people of Virginia recognize and appreciate it,” said Paul D. Koonce, a member of the Virginia State University (VSU) Board of Visitors, the Virginia Business Higher Education Council board member and executive vice president of Dominion Energy.  “Most states spend a lot more per student on higher education than Virginia spends and have a lot less to show for it.  Yet, our schools can do even more to drive economic development and job creation in each region of Virginia, and we in the business community plan to be good partners in helping them accomplish that goal.”

Growth4VA is a campaign of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and has been endorsed by all 15 of Virginia’s public higher education institutions and the Virginia Community College System.

To learn more about the Growth4VA campaign, including the current economic impact of Virginia’s higher education system and the Growth4VA coalition’s plans for expanding economic growth and opportunity in Virginia, visit the campaign website at A video is also available to learn more about the campaign at. To view the video, click HERE.


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