The 4-VA executive office grows the strategic partnership with state-level stakeholders at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and in the governor’s office. The office manages requests and inquiries from the public and private sectors about 4-VA activities. They are also the point of contact for those seeking to collaborate or join 4-VA.
In 2014, the executive office of 4-VA rotated from GMU to JMU. Nick Swayne, the JMU campus coordinator, also serves as the 4-VA executive director. The executive director works in tandem with the 4-VA working group, comprised of 4-VA deputy and campus coordinators, to make decisions about the strategic direction of 4-VA on each of the campuses.
“We have established bold objectives for creating collaborative courses that truly fulfill our mission to do more together than we could do on our own. 4-VA institutions are working together to quickly respond to urgent issues such as big data, robotics, and cybersecurity in order to make a lasting impact on the future of the commonwealth.”
– Nick Swayne, 4-VA Executive Director
Campus coordinators and deputy campus coordinators meet monthly via telepresence to discuss, plan, and share 4-VA activities. The events and grant opportunities at any particular 4-VA university are determined by the campus coordinator. Potential collaborations and new partnerships are discussed among working group members. Additionally, the working group—in partnership with the executive office—coordinates and hosts conferences for the 4-VA community.