DR. JAMES BOHLANDCo-Director, Global Forum on Urban & Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech
Professor Emeritus in the School of Public and International Affairs, James R. Bohland serves as co-director of Virginia Tech’s Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience. As co-director, he works with the Global Forum leadership team to move the initiative forward through the development of partnerships, facilitating research in the resiliency area, and expanding outreach through international forums.
Bohland recently served as interim vice president and executive director for Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region Operations. He held the position of vice president and executive director in the National Capital Region from 2002 until 2011, before retiring in 2012, and was instrumental in the inception and completion of the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington as a U.S. Green Council LEED-certified facility in June 2011.
As a Senior Fellow for Biomedical, Bioengineering, and Health Projects from 2001 to 2005, he developed and implemented research and graduate degree programs in the biomedical, bioengineering, and health areas and managed collaborative agreements with selected medical schools.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1980, Bohland also served as interim provost and approved the initial concept for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, helped establish the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and played a pivotal role in the development of the university strategic plan. He also guided establishment of the School of Public and International Affairs, serving as its founding director. Dr. Bohland now serves as the Chair of the inaugural Advisory Board for the School.
Bohland received his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
KELLY CLEMENTSDeputy High Commissioner, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In June 11, 2015, Kelly T. Clements was appointed Deputy High Commissioner in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Prior to her appointment, Kelly Clements served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State with responsibility for humanitarian issues in Asia and the Near East, the Office of Policy and Resource Planning, and the Comptroller’s Office in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Her previous assignment was Director for the Office of Policy and Resource Planning, where she was responsible for the Bureau’s strategic planning, policy development, budget, and performance activities. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, she guided the Bureau’s substantial humanitarian policy portfolio and articulated to the Department and interagency community sound stewardship of financial resources of nearly $2 billion provided annually to major international and non-governmental organizations to protect and assist refugees, conflict victims, and vulnerable migrants worldwide.
Clements’ career with the State Department began as a Presidential Management Intern in 1990. Early in her tenure, she was detailed to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh to assist and protect over 200,000 refugees fleeing Burma in 1992. She was also a member of the State Department’s Iraq Task Force on Kurdish Refugees and Displaced Persons in 1991, which coordinated the U.S. Government’s emergency response to the flight of 1.8 million Kurdish refugees to Turkey and Iran.
From 1993-1996, Clements served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on a foreign service appointment. Shortly thereafter, she became Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs where she was responsible for communicating humanitarian policy issues to Department leadership. Clements was deployed to Albania in 1999 to respond to the outflow of one million refugees from Kosovo and in early 2000, she was appointed Senior Emergency Officer for Europe, the NIS, and the Americas and later served as Balkans Assistance Coordinator.
Ms. Clements has a B.A. in International Studies, and earned an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech. Clements is a career member of the Senior Executive Service.
BARBARA FAVOLAState Senator, Virginia’s 31st District
Senator Barbara Favola represents Virginia’s 31st District, which stretches along the Potomac River from Fort Myer and the Pentagon to Arlington and into the east end of Loudon County.
Senator Favola and her husband, Doug Weik, have lived in Northern Virginia for nearly 30 years. Their son Donald Patrick (DP) is a senior at George Mason University. He attended and graduated from Virginia public schools, where Barbara volunteered and was active in the PTA.
Prior to her election in 2011, the Senator served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years and chaired that body three times. During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board’s leading advocate for children, youth and families. She supported the creation of teen lounges for young people, established mental health services in the public schools, provided a permanent home for the Head Start program and forged a community Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.
She has been a vigorous supporter of human rights and environmental stewardship, including protecting the Chesapeake. Senator Favola is Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay Committee. The Committee, established in 1998, tracks developments under the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program for implications to local governments and recommends Bay-related policies to COG’s Board of Directors.
In 2012, Senator Favola was appointed to the Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) as the Democratic Representative for the Southern Region. She was given a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for her efforts during the legislative session to support the environment and women’s rights, respectively. She also received the Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend of the Year Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).
NANCY OLIVER GRAYPresident, Hollins University
Nancy Oliver Gray became Hollins University’s 11th president in January 2005. She brought to Hollins a strong belief in the liberal arts and sciences and the need for women’s colleges in higher education.
President Gray is guiding the university through the second strategic plan of her tenure. The current plan, Connecting Liberal Arts Education and Experience to Achieve Results, focuses the university’s efforts through 2017. The plan’s vision is for the university to become nationally recognized as the women’s liberal arts college that best unites excellence in liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities and strong career preparation.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Gray holds an M.Ed. from North Texas State University and has completed additional graduate work at Vanderbilt. She also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Presbyterian College.
• A university endowment that is at an all-time high: $180.6 million, the third highest endowment among members of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
• No debt and a balanced operating budget for the past nine years. Hollins was ranked among “America’s 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” by Forbes in 2013.
• The highest amount of giving to the Hollins Fund in a single fiscal year: $3.58 million in 2013-14.
• The largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history and the largest ever undertaken by a women’s college in the South. The Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places successfully concluded in 2010 with more than $161 million raised, far exceeding the goal of $125 million.
• The creation of a number of new academic programs: majors in environmental studies and environmental science; a certificate program in leadership studies; an extensive seminar program especially designed for first-year students; a Master of Fine Arts degree in children’s book writing and illustrating; and a faculty-designed honors program that complements the university’s academic curriculum and provides students a multidisciplinary and research-based experience.
• Renovation of historic buildings and gardens on the Hollins campus.
Former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Ms. Letitia A. Long is the former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and was the first female head of a major U.S. intelligence agency. She was NGA’s director from Aug. 9, 2010 to Oct. 2, 2014.
Ms. Long’s civilian federal career in the Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC) began with the U.S. Navy at the David Taylor Research Center in 1982. In 1988, Ms. Long joined the Office of the Director of Naval Intelligence, where she managed intelligence research and development programs. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. Long held a number of positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) including serving as DIA’s first chief information officer.
In 1998, Ms. Long was assigned as the Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs for the Director of Central Intelligence, responsible for community-wide policy formulation, resource planning, and program assessment and evaluation. She later served as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence from 2000 to 2003 and next as the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements and Resources). Prior to her appointment to NGA, Ms. Long served as the Deputy Director of DIA from 2006 until 2010.
Ms. Long is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (two awards) and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (two awards). In 2011, Ms. Long received the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, was decorated with the Medal of Merit by the King of Norway, and was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in the D.C. Metro area by Washingtonian magazine in 2013 and was honored with a 2014 Federal 100 Award by FCW.
Ms. Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.
CHARLES STEGERPh.D., FAIA, Global Forum on Urban & Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech
On June 1, 2014, Dr. Charles W. Steger stepped down as the 15th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he studied architecture and earned a Ph.D. in engineering. With a passion for teaching, Steger left professional practice to return to Virginia Tech, where he was Dean and Vice President before becoming President in 2000. Under his leadership, Virginia Tech charted a course to be among the nation’s premier research universities. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and received the 2004 Compass Award from the New Century Technology Council. Among numerous other awards, he received the 2009 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District III, and the 2010 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Steger chaired the Virginia Council of Presidents for two terms and was appointed by five Virginia governors to boards dealing with higher education, homeland security, information technology, and international education. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Warner to chair the Steering Committee on Research Capabilities and Centers of Excellence. Dr. Steger has also chaired the board that oversees the Center for Innovative Technology, served on the board that oversees the Jefferson National Lab, served on the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and was Vice President of the Council of Presidents and chair of the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association. He is on the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences and is also and a member of the Economic Club of Washington. He recently completed a term as chair of the Presidential Oversight Committee of the Bowl Championship Series, on which he also represented the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Dr. Steger’s presidency was one of the longest and most impactful terms in Virginia Tech history. He outlined and implemented a bold vision. Graduate and undergraduate enrollment as well as the student quality profile reached all-time highs. He strengthened the research enterprise by creating interdisciplinary institutes and grew the research portfolio by 250 percent. He oversaw the creation of a medical school and concluded fund raising campaign that exceeded $1 billion. During his 14-year tenure, more buildings were constructed than under any Virginia Tech administration. The new Moss Center for the Arts stands as a testament to his firm belief in the value of the arts. During his tenure, the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment were adopted, and Virginia Tech was admitted to the Atlantic Coast Conference. He leaves for future generations a land-grant university widely regarded for academic excellence nationally and abroad.
SOO-YOUNG PARKDeputy Secretary to the President, Office of the President, South Korea
Soo-Young currently serves as the Deputy Secretary to the President, Office of the President, South Korea. Park Geun-hye is the eleventh and current President of South Korea. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea, and is serving the 18th presidential term. She is also the first woman head of state in the modern history of Northeast Asia. Soo-Young assists the President in matters of public policy and public administration.
Soo-Young received his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in the Center for Public Administration and Policy. His dissertation focused on the relationship between the three constitutional masters and the bureaucrats, and government reform plans including organizational, budgeting and personnel management. He also graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s degree in public policy.
DENNIS R. DEANDirector of the Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech
Joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1985, Dean has been involved in both undergraduate and graduate instruction, offering courses in general microbiology, gene regulation, and laboratory applications. His teaching and service has extended outside the university with participation in the development and oversight of the Fralin outreach program, which serves thousands of high school students each year. He has been actively and continuously engaged in professional service throughout his career, having served on numerous peer-review and site-visit panels and chaired and organized international conferences, including two Gordon Research Conferences. Dean also served as acting Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, with primary responsibility for oversight of laboratory design and financial management between 2008-2009.
Dean’s research is recognized worldwide. He has published more than 160 articles and he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has recently served on the publications board for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has received extramural funding to support his research since 1975, including awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of Naval Research. Dean received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and was a pre-doctoral National Institutes Trainee at Purdue University where he earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and began his independent scientific career at the Kettering laboratory.
Dean is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a University Distinguished Professor, and Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from Wabash College.