Biography of Robert G. Templin, Jr.
Bob Templin has been the president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) since 2002. NOVA is Virginia's largest public institution of higher education and one of the nation's largest community colleges. NOVA projects that it will enroll nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses during 2013-14.
Under Templin’s leadership the college has created a strategic plan to increase college access to over 25,000 additional students drawn from low-income and immigrant communities through high school outreach and championing closer working relationships among high schools, community-based non-profit organizations and the college. In addition, Dr. Templin currently leads an alliance of business, education, healthcare, technology and community leaders in creating a comprehensive strategy to increase the region’s output of tech-savvy, front-line workers in scientific, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare careers by nurturing the development of human capital from under-represented groups.
During Templin's leadership, the college has increased its enrollment by more than 20,000 students, expanded its revenues by $150 million annually, opened three new centers and begun a dozen major capital projects totaling nearly 1 million square feet of classroom and laboratory space.
Prior to his appointment at NOVA, Dr. Templin served as the president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, an organization that enhances Virginia's economic competitiveness through technology-based economic development. During his tenure, the Center was credited with helping to create or retain more than 12,000 high-tech jobs, attracting or creating more than 225 technology-based companies and increasing company sales or new capital investment by more than $500 million.
Over the past 30 years, Templin's work in workforce training, education, economic development and immigration policy has been featured in such media as National Public Radio, USA Today, PBS National News Hour and Fortune magazine. He was instrumental in the creation of the "Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Growth in Virginia," a strategic plan outlining the steps that Virginia should take to guide the state's emergence as a leading technology state. He has been named "Virginia Business Newsmaker of the Year" by Virginia Business magazine, named one of "Washington's 150 Most Powerful People" as well as one of the "100 Tech Titans" of the Washington region by Washingtonian magazine and one of the “Power 100” most important business leaders in Washington by the Washington Business Journal.
Dr. Templin has been honored by receiving the Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Marta V. Wyatt Award from the Hispanic Committee of Virginia for his commitment to the state's immigrant community, the "We Are America Now" award from Northern Virginia Family Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Virginia Government by Virginia Commonwealth University, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region's Civic Spirit Award for outstanding leadership in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's James M. Rees Award for contributions to the economy and quality of life in Northern Virginia.