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Chair of local Workforce Board to lead NOVA College Board

Photo of Todd Rowley

The Northern Virginia Community College Board, on May 26, elected Todd Rowley as its incoming Board Chair to replace Dr. Michael Wooten whose term ends this spring. Rowley is senior vice president and commercial market executive at Cardinal Bank, headquartered in Tyson’s. He also serves on several important local boards, including as chair of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board, which gives him a unique perspective as the college that is seeking to build its workforce presence in the region.

“Todd Rowley is a very active and engaged business leader in our region,” said NOVA President Dr. Scott Ralls. “We are fortunate to have him as our new chair. His role in regional workforce development—particularly as chair of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board, gives him a unique perspective and offers great synergy for our college as we are aggressively pursuing new workforce development program strategies.”

Perhaps one of his great distinctions is the fact that Rowley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and two master’s degrees (Banking Finance and an MBA), is also a NOVA student! Several years ago, as he watched the banking industry begin to slide, Rowley had friends who were in danger of losing their jobs. He decided to take some Information Technology classes at NOVA to see how easy it would be to learn a new skill when you’re in your fifties as opposed to in your twenties. When asked, ‘Can those without a higher math degree or an IT background really learn to write code?’ Rowley proudly answers Yes! While he does not plan to make a career in IT, it felt good to know he could learn a new skill and “burn new neurons,” as he put it.

“Todd is a very grounded and personable leader who brings to this new leadership role a knowledge of the college as a current student, board member and former chair of the foundation board's finance committee,” Ralls added. “Very few college board leaders in the nation bring the breadth of perspective to their roles that Todd offers as he becomes chair of the NOVA Board.”

Rowley has been in banking in Northern Virginia for more than 35 years. In addition to being a senior VP at Cardinal Bank, with all the requisite business and client meetings involved in that, Rowley is also extremely busy with volunteer work on various boards, including:

Executive Committee and Board Member

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Fairfax Chamber)


Chairman of the Board

Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board


Board Member

The Skillsource Group (non-profit arm of NVWDB )


Board of Directors and vice chair (Fairfax)

Northern Virginia Community College


Advisory Board Member-Pamplin Advisory Council

Virginia Tech


Advisory Board Member

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership on Ending Homelessness


Board of Directors Member

Leadership Fairfax





Other causes to which Rowley dedicates his time and attention are: Economic empowerment, education, politics, poverty alleviation and social Services.

He has also been recipient of the 2014 Fairfax County Chamber Chairman Award (2014); Executive Leader of the Year at the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award (2013) and the Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business MBA Alumni Distinguished Service Award (2013).

Rowley is married, has two grown sons and lives in Fairfax.

By Kathy Thompson

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.