As part of the Virginia Beach Forum, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Helen E. Dragas will speak about “Higher Education in Virginia – In the Crosshairs or at a Crossroads?”
The event will take place at Cape Henry Collegiate School at 1320 Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach.
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Since 1996, Ms. Dragas has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dragas Companies, a leading diversified real estate development concern in Hampton Roads.
Under her leadership, Builder Magazine recognized The Dragas Companies as “America’s Best Builder” in 2009. From the University of Virginia, Helen received a BA in Foreign Affairs, a BA in Economics, and a Master of Business Administration.
Ms. Dragas has received and served gubernatorial appointments: to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission.
Ms. Dragas was elected rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors by her peers in 2010 and worked tirelessly until the end of her eight-year term to refocus the university on its founding mission of providing an excellent education to students at an affordable price. Despite national controversy and a tenure marked by public resistance from federally authorized accreditors, University of Virginia faculty, and the American Association of University Professors, Ms. Dragas was steadfastly vocal and critical of skyrocketing tuition and mounting national student debt levels. She has been a consistent proponent of fiscal accountability, transparency, and free speech in academia. In 2014, Ms. Dragas founded a national non-profit organization, Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, to catalyze change that restores quality and genuine affordability to students at America’s public colleges and universities.
Among other awards, Ms. Dragas was named First Citizen of Virginia Beach in 2010 and received a Humanitarian Award from the Center for Inclusive Communities of Virginia in 2011. She was inducted into the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame in March 2017.