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Higher Education Center Dedicated to Northern Virginia Community College President Emeritus and NVTC Board Member Dr. Robert Templin

On Sept. 8, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) honored NVTC Board member Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., its fourth president, by naming a higher education building at its Loudoun Campus after him in recognition of his dedication to education in the region and nation.

At the ceremony, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg gave remarks recognizing Dr. Templin's contributions in fostering STEM education to fuel technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

“Bob focused on the power and future of technology innovation, entrepreneurship and company creation,” she said. “He set down markers for K-12 students to be STEM literate and focused on STEM careers and he turned NOVA into an educational powerhouse, respected and admired throughout this country,” Kilberg shared.

Also in attendance were Dr. Tony Tardd, former Loudoun Campus provost; Dr. Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University (GMU); and Dr. Scott Ralls, current NOVA president.

Dr. Templin thanked those who worked alongside him at NOVA and said that the work is not done. The Higher Education Center is just the first step in the process. The goal is to have other universities present where NOVA students can complete their baccalaureate and beyond while remaining in the region and not having to commute great distances.

“Thank you for your friendship, partnership, dedication and your selflessness to a very, noble cause.” Templin said. “And thank you to the NOVA family for the privilege of working alongside you for a dozen years doing the most important and incredible work that one could ever ask to be a part of."