State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. Its mission, which is outlined in the Code of Virginia (§23-9.3), is "to promote the development of an educationally and economically sound, vigorous, progressive, and coordinated system of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia."
Peter A. Blake joined SCHEV as Interim Executive Director on April 1, 2011, a position that was made permanent in January 2012. A former Virginia Secretary of Education, Mr. Blake previously worked at SCHEV as an Associate Director overseeing higher education analyses in the areas of faculty and staff compensation, higher education funding policies, academic libraries, distance learning and instructional technology, and student financial aid. He left SCHEV in 1999 to serve as the Legislative Fiscal Analyst for the Virginia General Assembly’s House Appropriations Committee.
Before returning to SCHEV, Mr. Blake served as the Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Services for the Virginia Community College System, where he led policy and budget development for state and federal workforce programs. Mr. Blake was the Deputy Secretary of Education from 2002 to 2005, and he served as the Secretary of Education under former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.
In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Blake has served on various advisory committees, including the boards of the Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Association, the Richmond Public Library, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Mr. Blake completed the Virginia Executive Institute and LEAD Virginia programs, as well as the Associates program through the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. He has a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Communications Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.
SCHEV is located on the 9th floor of the James Monroe Building in downtown Richmond.
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