Friday, November 8, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Appointments to Norfolk State University Board of Visitors

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RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today the appointments of three board appointees to fill vacancies on the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors. The three appointees are: Lt. General Michael Rochelle (Ret.), Dr. Deborah DiCroce, and Mr. Bryan Cuffee. 
Speaking about the appointments, Governor McDonnell noted, “Today I have made three appointments to fill vacancies on the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors.  Each appointee brings unique strengths and experiences to the board that will be vital to carrying out an innovative, strategic path for the University’s future.  Norfolk State University has a history of academic excellence, outstanding alumni, and strong community support. I have no doubt the University can overcome its current challenges and become a leader again in placing graduates in competitive, in-demand careers.  I commend interim President Eddie Moore, Rector Tom Chewning, the administration, faculty, and the Board of Visitors for the steps already being taken to move the school forward.”
The Governor added, “In addition to these appointees, I have asked two individuals to serve as senior advisors to the board and administration on an as-needed basis.  Jim Dyke, as a former Secretary of Education in Virginia, can provide the board and administration with counsel on an array of matters, assist the university with strategic implementation, and work with the administration to address SACS concerns.  Professor Ervin Jordan, alumnus of Norfolk State and current professor at the University of Virginia, can provide counsel to the administration and faculty on matters related to the academic environment and lend expertise on academic excellence at NSU.”
            Biographies of each of the board appointees are below:
Michael D. Rochelle (LTG, USA, Ret.) of Manassas, Founder, President, and CEO of MDR Strategies, LLC
Michael Rochelle is Founder, President, and CEO of MDR Strategies, LLC, a strategic human capital consulting and executive coaching firm. Rochelle retired from the US Army after 37 years. Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language Education from NSU in 1972 and a Masters in Public Administration from Shippensburg State University in 1994. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for NSU and a member of the Boys and Girls of America Hall of Fame.  Rochelle was honored as an NAACP “Barrier Breaker” award recipient in 2008.
Deborah M. DiCroce, Ed.D. of Chesapeake, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Dr. DiCroce is President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. She has thirty-five years of experience in Virginia higher education, serving as President of Tidewater Community College for 14 years until 2012 and previously as President of Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville for nine years.
Dr. DiCroce is a past Trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and past member of the SACS Commission on Colleges.  She has taught at the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University.  Before her appointment to the NSU Board of Visitors, she served on the Board of Visitors at Christopher Newport University and Governor McDonnell’s Commission on Economic Development & Job Creation. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Old Dominion University and a doctorate in Higher Education from The College of William & Mary. Very active in the Hampton Roads region, the Chesapeake Rotary Club named Dr. DiCroce First Citizen of Chesapeake in 2012.
Bryan Cuffee of Virginia Beach, Vice President of Development for Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts
Bryan Cuffee has worked at Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts since 1995 and currently serves as Vice President of Development. He serves as an appointee to the Virginia Beach Development Authority, the Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission, and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.  He is also a member of the Norfolk Middle Town Lions Club and a charter member of the United Way African-American Leadership Giving Initiative. Cuffee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Old Dominion University. 
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