Regent Fred DuVal Appointed to NGA Complete to Compete Advisory Group

September 22, 2010 (Phoenix, Ariz) - The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Fred DuVal, vice chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, has been appointed to the advisory group for the NGA Chair's Initiative, Complete to Compete, an effort to make America a global leader in college completion and improve the productivity of our country's higher education institutions.

DuVal joins a 10-member panel of higher education leaders and corporate CEOs that will advise and assist the NGA Chair, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III; members of the Complete to Compete Task Force which include NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, and the NGA staff with this initiative.

"It is an honor to be selected as a strategic advisor to Governor Manchin and the NGA staff," stated DuVal. "Higher education is key to a better quality of life. America is lagging behind in the global race to produce more individuals with high-quality degrees that will ultimately provide a skilled, innovative workforce for sustainable economic growth."

DuVal is leading a similar charge for the state of Arizona as co-chair of an initiative called Getting AHEAD - Access to Higher Education And Degrees. Getting AHEAD is a statewide effort involving more than 90 community members – including business executives, university and community college presidents, lawmakers, and grassroots organizations – who are aggressively exploring new ways to improve college degree production with limited state resources.

Getting AHEAD aims to increase the educational attainment of Arizonans by making degrees more affordable and accessible through strategic partnerships among community colleges and universities; increased institutional efficiencies; creating a student-centered system that improves advising and career planning; and improved governance and coordination of Arizona's higher education system.

"Complete to Compete and Getting AHEAD are on parallel paths," noted DuVal. "Both are focused on moving students towards degree completion and developing policies for institutional effectiveness. Arizona is pioneering efforts in both those categories and I look forward to sharing best practices with Governor Manchin and my colleagues on the advisory group."

The Complete to Compete advisory group is expected to meet periodically during 2010-11 to discuss strategies for promoting college completion. For more information on Complete to Compete, visit For more information on Getting AHEAD, click here.

Members of the Advisory Group include:

  • Fred DuVal, Vice Chair, Arizona Board of Regents
  • Charles Earl, Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Roger Ferguson, President and CEO, TIAA-CREF
  • Juliet Garcia, President, University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Bill Green, Chairman and CEO, Accenture
  • Brian Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Charlie Reed, Chancellor, The California State University
  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College
  • Eric Smith, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education
  • Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York


This press release was distributed by the Arizona Board of Regents Public Affairs Office. For more information, contact

Katie Paquet | 602-229-2543 | 480-766-6553
Jennifer Grentz | 602-229-2542 | 602-616-8302

The Arizona Board of Regents is committed to ensuring access for qualified residents of Arizona to undergraduate and graduate instruction; promoting the discovery, application, and dissemination of new knowledge; extending the benefits of university activities to Arizona's citizens outside the university; and maximizing the benefits derived from the state's investment in education.
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