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VFCCE Elects New Board Members for 2016

Dixon2RICHMOND – Six new board members will be joining the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in January.

Dan Dixon, of Arlington, is retired from World Savings Bank as the group senior vice president and director for government relations where he represented the company on public policy issues related to the financial services industry, including consumer protection, housing, federal deposit insurance, bank capital standards and government-sponsored enterprises.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of science in physics from Southern Methodist University, where he also taught physics to undergraduates, and a master of science in management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also taught math to graduate students there. Dixon has been an avid supporter of the Great Expectations program.


Dorcas2Dorcas Helfant-Browning, of Virginia Beach, is a managing partner and principal broker with Coldwell Banker Professional Realtors and former chair of the State Board for Community Colleges, as well as former president of .the National Association of Realtors. She has been an active volunteer in her community and was named Hampton Roads Woman of the Year in 1990.

She is a past chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She was also past president of the Virginia Aquarium Foundation; past board member and board chair of Tidewater Community College; and past chair and current board member of Tidewater Community College Real Estate Foundation.


Petters3C. Michael Petters, of Newport News, is president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and former member of the State Board for Community Colleges. He previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and as president of Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. In 2014, Petters was elected to the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association.

He serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates and as chairman of the Virginia Business Council. He also serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the National Bureau of Asian Research; on the board of trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation; on the distinguished advisory board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation; and on the advisory council for the Naval Historical Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has an MBA from the College of William and Mary.



Stewart Roberson, of Richmond, is chairman, president, and CEO of Moseley Architects. He served as superintendent of schools for Falls Church City Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools and was a professor at the University of Virginia. Roberson was formerly on the board of trustees for AdvancED, the world’s largest educational accrediting agency, and is the past chair of Bridging Richmond, a collaborative of business leaders, school superintendents, college presidents, and human service providers.

Presently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and is chair of the Governor’s SOL Innovation Committee. Roberson holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s of education in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in leadership and policy studies, all from the University of Virginia, where he is also a professor of practice. He joined the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Steering Committee in 2015.



F. Blair Wimbush, of Chesapeake, is retired from Norfolk Southern Railway as vice president real estate and chief sustainability officer. He began his railroad career with NS as an attorney and progressed through a number of leadership positions in the NS Law Department, including senior general counsel, before moving into business management. Wimbush has held a number of leadership positions within the legal profession and in the community, including as president or board chairman for the Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession, the Virginia Law Foundation, the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

He chairs the board of the UVA Law School Foundation and is secretary to the board of the Children’s Health System (CHKD). Wimbush holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He also attended the Norfolk Southern Management Development Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Michael Wilkerson, of Winchester, is manager of the Mid-Atlantic Business Banking Division for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for Wells Fargo. He joined Wachovia Bank in 1982 and has held various positions in the retail and business banking areas. He is a graduate of Elon University and the North Carolina School of Banking at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He joined the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Steering Committee in 2015.

Officers of the VFCCE board for 2016 will be: Ronald Holmes, of Fredericksburg, serving as chair; Dorcas Helfant-Browning serving as vice chair; Chandra Lantz of Richmond, secretary; and Gaye Montgomery, of Richmond, treasurer.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through its Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. For more information, please visit

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 approximately 400,000 students each year in both academic and workforce training programs. For more information, please visit