Robert G. Templin, Jr.
President , Northern Virginia Community College
Bob Templin has served since 2002 as the fourth president of Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia’s largest institution of higher education and the nation’s second largest community college. Located just outside of Washington, DC, NOVA enrolls more than 64,000 students annually at its six campuses.
Templin came to NOVA from the Morino Institute where he served as a senior fellow and helped in the development and launch of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a $35 million philanthropic fund targeting youth-serving organizations in low-income communities in the Washington metro area . Between 1994 and 1999, Templin served as the president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, a state-funded organization that enhances Virginia’s economic competitiveness through technology-based economic development. During Templin’s tenure, the Center was credited with helping to create or retain over 12,000 high-tech jobs, attract or create more than 225 technology-based companies, and increase company sales or new capital investment by more than $500 million. From 1986-1994 Templin served as president of Thomas Nelson Community in Hampton, Virginia.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Templin’s work in workforce training, education and economic development has been featured in such media as National Public Radio, USA Today and Fortune magazine. He is the author of Virginia’s comprehensive workforce development plan and was instrumental in the creation of the “Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia”, a strategic plan that outlines the steps that Virginia should take to guide the state’s emergence as a leading technology state. In 1997, Dr. Templin was selected by Virginia Business magazine as "Business Newsmaker of the Year" and he received Earle C Williams Leadership in Technology Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council. In 1998, Digital South magazine named him one of the top 50 influential technology leaders in the South. In 2004 Dr. Templin was honored by receiving the Marta V. Wyatt Award from the Hispanic Committee of Virginia for his commitment to the state’s immigrant community. Most recently he received the 2004 Northern Virginia Leadership Award for community partnerships by Leadership Fairfax.