Northern Virginia Community College
Dean of Humanities
Beverly Blois has been dean of the Humanities Division, Northern Virginia Community College-Loudoun Campus, since 1992. He has been affiliated with NOVA-Loudoun since 1974 as professor of history and as executive director of statewide curricular initiatives for both the Council of Higher Education of Virginia (1985-86) and the Virginia Community College System (1990-91). He has also served as director of planning studies for George Mason University’s Prince William Campus (1987-88).
Blois has served as steering committee chair for the Loudoun/Fairfax Tech-Prep Consortium and is founder (1991) of the Moscow-Fairfax Business Exchange Project, a collaboration of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He is a graduate and past board member of Leadership Loudoun and co-founder of both the Virginia Council on International Education (1990) and the Loudoun Higher Education Consortium (1992). He is a past member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, past member of the chamber’s Dulles Connection trade show committee of its Education and Technology Committee. He was a charter member of Shenandoah University’s Loudoun Advisory Council and a founding board member of Loudoun Future. He was a charter member of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, on which he served from 1995-2002, also serving on its executive committee 1995-97. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Virginia Community College System/Virginia Council on International Education exchange program with institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, and India.
He holds an MA in Russian history from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in higher education from George Mason University, and has additional graduate training in Slavic languages (Georgetown), economics (Duke), and management (Harvard). Blois is the author of books and articles in such fields as history and community college administration, and has designed, written, and implemented eight distance education courses. He has been named NVCC Alumni Federation Faculty Member of the Year (1986) and NVCC Educational Foundation Outstanding Educator (1988). In 2005, he received an International Exemplary Leadership award from the League for Innovation Chair Academy. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He served as an invited occasional columnist for the Loudoun Times-Mirror (1997-2003). He has made presentations for national and international gatherings such as the World Congress of Slavists (Washington, 1985), the American Association of Community Colleges (Orlando, 1986 and Philadelphia, 2008), the Association of Historian-Archivists (Moscow, 1987), the Association of Community College Trustees (Chicago, 1994), and the American Historical Association (Chicago, 2000). In July 2008, Blois was co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute “Bharata Darshan, Past and Present in the Study of India’s History and Culture”, held in Shimla, Delhi, and Agra. He currently serves as president of the Community College Humanities Association’s Southern Division and as a national board member of CCHA.
A History of Civilization (Study Guide), 2vols., 3rd ed. (Prentice-Hall, 1996).
The Community College Presidency, with Vaughan and Mellander (AACC Press, 1994).