The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (Institute) is pleased to announce Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointment of John E. Mead to the Institute’s board of trustees for a three-year term. As the founder and CEO of Master Gage and Tool Company, Mead will lend keen industry insight to economic transformation efforts. 

“Mr. Mead has served as a tremendous resource to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research over the past years,” said former Delegate Donald Merricks, chairman of the Institute’s board of trustees and chairman, president and CEO of Virginia Bank and Trust Company. “He brings a robust business background to the board of trustees that will prove valuable as we move forward with more technical programs and partnerships in the future.”

Mead serves currently on the board of trustees as well as the workforce services advisory board at Danville Community College. He helped champion the development of the Pittsylvania County Machine Technology program and the Capstone program, a third-year advanced machining curriculum. In addition, Mead serves on the GENEDGE board of directors.

“Mr. Mead is recognized in our community and throughout the state as a strong leader in technology and economic development,” said Delegate Danny Marshall. “He has contributed significantly to our area through his leadership and never-ending efforts to promote our region across the commonwealth and the country.”

Mead joins the following fellow board members who accepted reappointment for a second term: Charles H. Majors, reappointed by the City of Danville; former Delegate Joe May and Merricks, both reappointed by the House of Delegates; and Joyce Wright, reappointed by Pittsylvania County.

The Institute is governed by a 15-member board of trustees consisting of the presidents or their designees of Averett University, Danville Community College and Virginia Tech; the chairman or his designee of the board of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation; one resident of the City of Danville to be appointed by the Danville City Council; one resident of Pittsylvania County to be appointed by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors; and nine citizens representing business and industry and residing in Southside Virginia, three to be appointed by the governor, three to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and three to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Delegates.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research, advanced learning, conference center services and economic development efforts. The Institute’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

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