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Dr. Sharon Morrissey

Dr. Sharon Morrissey came to the Virginia Community College System in 2014. For the past several years, she has served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, where she was responsible for state-level coordination of workforce education and college transfer programs, instructional and student support services, research and reporting, federal program administration, and related policy development for Virginia’s 23 community colleges.  Dr. Morrissey led initiatives to increase student success outcomes across the VCCS, including transfer program realignment to support mapped pathways; direct enrollment with co-requisite learning supports; stackable workforce credentials; credit for prior learning; dual enrollment redesign; and systemwide enterprise technology solutions to support student success. Dr. Morrissey co-chaired the VCCS strategic planning task force, which developed Opportunity 2027, a six-year plan to achieve equity in access, learning, and success for students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group.

Prior to joining the VCCS, Dr. Morrissey had a 26-year higher education career in North Carolina, where she served as the Executive Vice President for Programs and Chief Academic Officer for the North Carolina Community College System.  Dr. Morrissey also served as President of Richmond Community College, Vice President for Instruction at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Fayetteville Technical Community College.  She began her community college career as an English instructor at Central Carolina Community College.

Dr. Morrissey earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in English and Education from Western Carolina University, and a doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Morrissey serves on the boards of the Community College Research Center, the National Student Clearinghouse, and the Online Virginia Network.  She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Policy & Human Development at North Carolina State University.

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Topics of expertise

  • Education Savings
  • 529 Plans
  • Education Policy
  • Student Loan Debt
  • Disability Savings
  • College Affordability
  • Financial Literacy
  • Higher Education Access
  • Taxes

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • National 529 organizations, Active participant
  • College Savings Foundation, Former Board
  • Chairman/Media Committee member
  • College Savings Foundation, Past Board Chair/Media Committee member
  • National Association of State Treasurers
  • Legislative Committee, Member
  • Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), Board member
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV), Past Board member
  • Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA)
  • Member Virginia State Bar, Member

Upcoming Board Meetings

October
5
2022

Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529) Board and Committees Retreat

Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

Virginia College Savings Plan Board and Committees Retreat will take place from October 5, 2022 to October 7, 2022 with meetings at Lorien Hotel or The Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, VA. Please see meeting listings for locations and times.

October
5
2022

The Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529) Audit & Actuarial Committee

Liberty Room at the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
5
2022

The Board and Committees of the Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529)

Independence/Living Room/Freedom Terrace area of the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
5
2022

The Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529) DB529 Fund Committee Meetings

Liberty Room at the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
6
2022

Board of the Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529)

Liberty Room at the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
6
2022

Board of the Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529)

Liberty Room at the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
6
2022

The Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529) Board and Committees meeting

The Old Dominion Boat Club
0 Prince Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

October
7
2022

The Virginia College Savings Plan (Virginia529) RetirePath VA Program Advisory Committee meeting

Liberty Room at the Lorien Hotel
1600 King Street
Alexandria , Virginia 22314

All meetings held in the Board Room at the Virginia529 office at 9001 Arboretum Parkway, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 unless otherwise noted.

Public comment accepted during the first ten minutes of each meeting.

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