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Davis speaker for NVGC

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 31 - May 4, 1995

U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis will be the Commencement speaker at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Graduate Center on Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m. at the Fairview Marriott.

Some 130 individuals will receive master's or doctoral degrees in business, computer science, economics, education, engineering, family and child development, or public administration and policy.

A life-long Republican, described as "conservative on fiscal issues and moderate on social issues," Davis represents the 11th District -- which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties and the City of Fairfax. Before his 1994 election to Congress, he chaired the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, overseeing a spending cut to meet a $200-million deficit, followed by increased spending on education without raising taxes.

His fiscal-management success has been recognized in his committee assignments in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, and sitting on the Government Management, Information and Technology, and the Human Resources and Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittees. He also serves on the Science Committee, sitting on the Energy and Environment, and Space and Aeronautics Subcommittees.

Formerly vice president of PRC Inc., a high-technology and professional services firm in McLean, Davis is now corporate counsel.

Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Graduate Center in Falls Church is a full-service university with a full-time resident faculty and staff serving more than 2,000 students annually through graduate-degree courses offered in the late afternoon and evening.

The May 21 program will be the first Northern Virginia Graduate Center Commencement for the Virginia Tech center's new director, Judy C. Pearson, who begins her responsibilities on August 1.