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Tidewater Community College Alum Promises “Open Door” Leadership as New State Board Chair – 7.15.13

July 15, 2013

News Release Highlights:

~Bruce Meyer, of Virginia Beach, begins a one-year terms as chair of the State Board for Community Colleges.
~Meyer wants to leverage workforce development to put Virginians back to work
~Dorcas Helfant-Browning will serve as vice chair.

Tidewater Community College Alum Promises “Open Door” Leadership as New State Board Chair


Bruce Meyer is the new chair of the State Board for Community Colleges

RICHMOND – “I am one of you.” That is the message Bruce Meyer wants everyone associated with Virginia’s Community Colleges to know heading into his first meeting of his one-year term as chair of the State Board for Community Colleges, and he has the credentials to prove it.

“I am a proud alumnus of Tidewater Community College and I am humbled and honored to serve as your chair,” he said. Meyer is the second graduate of Virginia’s Community Colleges to serve as state board chair.

Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Meyer to the board in July 2010 – Meyer’s second appointment to the panel. He served a previous four-year term beginning in 2001. Then, as chair of the Academic, Student Affairs and Workforce Development committees, he helped foster some of the first of what has since become more than 30 guaranteed transfer agreements between Virginia’s Community Colleges and public and private universities across the state and beyond.

As chair, Meyer says he wants to continue expanding the opportunities community colleges are uniquely positioned to offer.

“One of my top priorities as chair is workforce development so we can continue to help put our fellow Virginians back to work.” Meyer said. “I also will help to provide all the tools necessary to assist the chancellor and his expert team with the implementation of Achieve 2015, the VCCS six-year strategic plan.”

Reconstituting the Godwin Society is on Meyer’s front burner as well. “My plan is to turn this prestigious organization into an advocacy and foundation arm of the State Board for Community Colleges.”

Meyer has a strong and active leadership commitment to his community. He is currently serving as vice chairman of advocacy for Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads and because of his long-standing political leadership, he has helped craft key legislation to benefit children and families throughout Virginia.

Meyer also serves on the board of directors for the Tidewater Community College Alumni Association – an organization he helped launch back in 2011. As the founder and president of Virginia Beach-based Meyer Group Insurance, Meyer is recognized as a leader in the industry, and is often called upon at the state and federal level for his knowledge of insurance matters and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Also taking on a new role on the board is Dorcas Helfant-Browning. She becomes the board’s vice chair, the title previously held by Meyer.

Helfant-Browning, who also resides in Virginia Beach, currently serves as CEO, principal broker and managing partner of Coldwell Banker Professional Realtors. As the former president of the National Association of Realtors and the first woman to hold that position in the organization’s history, Helfant-Browning has been widely quoted in some of the nation’s leading newspapers and has made numerous television appearances including CNN’S Moneyline, ABC’s Good Morning America and CNBC.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year in both academic and workforce training programs. For more information, please visit