Statement of GW President Steven Knapp on Governor McDonnell's Higher Education Bill

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GW President Knapp Supports Va. Gov. McDonnell's "Top Jobs for the 21st Century" Legislation

January 17, 2011

WASHINGTON -- George Washington University President Steven Knapp today released the following statement commending Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on the announcement of Preparing for the Top Jobs for the 21st Century: The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011.

“I am pleased to offer my support for Governor McDonnell’s Top Jobs for the 21st Century legislation. As George Washington continues to invest in research and grow academic programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia – particularly through our new School of Nursing based at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus – it is encouraging to see this level of commitment to higher education. This legislation provides an important framework for creating economic opportunity and expanding affordable college access for Virginians. I applaud the Governor and lawmakers for recognizing the role of private universities in this effort, and urge them to continue to view us as partners in achieving our shared goals of increasing degree attainment, encouraging STEM education and spurring economic development."

The GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus, established in Loudoun County in 1991, is a robust center for innovative research, graduate education and regional corporate partnerships. As a university' science and technology campus, it hosts a dozen centers of excellence in critical areas such as energy science and technology, transportation safety and high performance computing. The GW Virginia Campus also combines its research excellence with more than 20 exceptional graduate degree and certificate programs in business, education, and engineering, and unique undergraduate programs in the health sciences.

GW has been educating Virginians for more than 50 years, beginning in Hampton Roads in 1958 and expanding its service across the Commonwealth, notably in Arlington, Alexandria and Ashburn. For more information on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus visit



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