VMI Endorses Growth4VA Campaign

Professor Dee Mornah lectures in a classroom.

Economics professor Dr. Dee Mornah teaches a class on entrepreneurship.—VMI Photo by Ashlie Walter.

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 25, 2017—VMI’s superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, announced his 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 No. 1 ranking for business. 

Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges have joined with partners in the business community. The campaign plans to offer 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.

“VMI’s goal is to produce citizen-soldiers who are leaders in the military and in civilian life,” Gen. Peay said. “Many of our graduates take up junior leadership positions in the military for a relatively short time before they return to civilian life.  The leadership traits learned at VMI and solidified in the military stand them in good stead when they transition to careers with Virginia’s businesses.”

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 www.Growth4VA.com.


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