Medical Education Provost Brian P. Foley will retire from his distinguished career in June. NOVA honored him with a retirement celebration May 9 with speeches shared by guests and colleagues full of good wishes and fond memories.
The recurrent themes were Foley’s famous PowerPoint presentations and emails that were comprised entirely of bullets. Gerry Hofler, who served as emcee for the event, took credit for seeing a specific PowerPoint more than anyone else. Kim Nicely reminded everyone that Foley started using the PowerPoints in 2002. Marion Devoe cited Foley’s bullet filled emails and offered him a “real bullet” to remind him of this phase in his life. The highlight was the acknowledgement of Foley’s sense of humor throughout his exceptional career. Dana Kauffman’s award was a latrine sign to be hung at a men’s restroom in honor of Foley because a few years back Foley dedicated a latrine to Kauffman.
As MEC’s provost, Foley served as chief executive and academic leader for the first specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“Brian Foley has served NOVA well during the past 12 years,” said President Robert G. Templin, Jr. “He picked up the mantle as provost of the Medical Education Campus in 2006, just three years after this innovative, technologically advanced campus was established. He has deftly led the Campus into new eras, training the next generation of preeminent healthcare workers.”
Foley also served NOVA as special assistant to the president for the development of NoVaHealthFORCE (a consortium of health educators, public officials and healthcare CEOs), dean of allied health, and acting dean of nursing and surgical technician.
Prior to NOVA, Foley spent 30 years as an Army Medical Services Corps officer. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 with the rank of colonel. His military assignments culminated in his appointment as deputy commander for administration for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Foley lives in Alexandria with his wife, Terry, who recently retired as consultant from the U.S. Army Surgeon General for Health Information Management. Their son, Sean, is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Iraq as the intelligence officer for Marine Attack Squadron 211 (Harrier) “Wake Island Avengers.” He is presently deployed in the Far East.
Foley took the time to thank everyone in attendance and also congratulated the administration, faculty and staff for all of MEC’s success. More than 80 guests including Cynthia Williams, Hofler, Kauffman, Templin, Tony Bansal, Ruth Stanton, Andy Cornell, Dr. Mandy Milot, Patty Ottavio, Lorenzo Foxworth, April McMullen-Eldert, Kim Nicely, Dr. Phil Magalong, Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, Dr. Fred Cecere, Daw Rhode, Annandale Provost Barbara Saperstone and Sergeant Debera Long expressed their appreciation for Foley’s legacy and commitment.
A proclamation by Kyle McDaniel was presented on behalf of Supervisor Pat Herrity, and Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia William Hazel expressed his gratitude for Foley’s dedication and service.