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NOVA’s 45-Year History

September 14, 2009

As many Americans reflect on the significance of this week, with September 11 ceremonies going on throughout the country, times like these serve as a reminder of the importance of our history. History is a constant record of times gone by and can have a profound impact on our lives today.

As we look back on the journey of our nation in the past eight years, we can also reflect on NOVA’s rich 45-year history. In 1964, NOVA, then called Northern Virginia Technical College, was established. Under the guidance of President Robert W. McKee, 761 students began their journey in one building in Bailey’s Crossroads. In 1966, because of the growing student body, 78 acres were purchased to create the first of six permanent campus sites.

Today, under the leadership of President Robert G. Templin, Jr., the College has grown tremendously, and students from all over Northern Virginia choose NOVA as their academic home. In each moment in time, whether it is the history of the world, the nation or NOVA, we continue to find that the future is still awaiting faculty, staff and students, alike.

So, as we honor and remember those who lost their lives and loved ones eight years ago this week, it is reassuring that just as NOVA was there “then,” it is here “now,” simply waiting and working “to respond to the educational needs of its dynamic and diverse community.”

Thank you to NOVA faculty and staff who work, day in and day out, to help students achieve their dreams.

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