On May 26, the NOVA Board 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 in McLean, Virginia. He also serves on several important local boards, including serving as chair of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (NVWDB). This gives Rowley a different perspective as the College seeks to build its workforce presence in the region.
“Todd Rowley is a very active and engaged business leader in our region,” said President Scott Ralls. “We are fortunate to have him as our new chair. His role in regional workforce development — particularly as board chairman 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.”
One great distinction is that Rowley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and two master’s degrees in banking finance and a M.B.A., 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 in your fifties as opposed to in your twenties. Well, it can be done. 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, college board member and former chair of 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 his role on NOVA’s Board, Rowley volunteers his time with several other organizations including Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (executive committee and board member); Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (board chair); SkillSource Group, the nonprofit arm of the NVWDB (board member); Pamplin Advisory Council at Virginia Tech (advisory board member); Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness (advisory board); Leadership Fairfax (board member); and Northern Virginia Business Political Action Committee (trustee).
He is also committed to economic empowerment, education, politics, poverty alleviation and social services.
He has also been the 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, Virginia.