Press Release (March 15, 2003)

Fairfax, VA-Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D. Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia spoke on “Education in Virginia” on March 13, 2003Honorable Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D. Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth to Virginia was the guest of the monthly luncheon of Virginia International University.

These lunches were organized as a unique opportunity for students to come together with faculty/staff and meet many people who have made contributions to the community.

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan who is on the list of Washington D.C.’s Most Powerful Woman accepted the position of the President of Central Virginia Community College in January 1, 1992. She is the first African – American female to serve as president of a two – or four-year public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In December 2001, Dr. Wheelen was appointed as Secretary of Education to Governor Warner’s Cabinet. She was sworn in on January 13, 2002.

The minister proised the role that VIU is playing in attracting adult students. She added that especially in these hard economic times when the budgets are being cut at all levels of government adult education must form partnerships with businesses.

“Computers are now forcing people to go back and take education. Skill levels that are needed changed over the years yet the people in the businesses don’t go out and get them”
Dr. Wheelen replied to a question by Susan Daqvis, the editor of NVCC magazine about her previous role as President of NVCC “All my life I’ve been told that if I worked hard and put my mind to it, I could do anything, I was at the right place at the right time, and established quality management programs at NOVA. When I went to community college leadership program, I had absolutely no administrative experience but I worked both in student services and instruction and progressively moved up the organization, together, all of this prepared me. ” The VIP attendees were as follows: Jean Marie Devolites-Member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Mr. Won Bok Kim – Cultural Attaché for Korea, Ozgur Ozaslan – Tourism Director for Turkish Embassy, Dr. Barbara Wyles – Provost – Nova, Florence S. Tale – President of Potamac College.

Virgina International University (VIU) home to students from all over the world is a non-profit private university located in Fairfax, VA. VIU offers programs in Business, Computers and English Language Training. In addition, VIU has programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as certificate and diploma programs. VIU currently has students from over 19 different countries from around the world.