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☷ City of Danville Virginia - Tucker named president of local institute
City of Danville , state Virginia ( By Press Release office)
News release by the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research ( IALR ) announced today that Telly Tucker will lead the organization as its new President , effective May 31 , 2022 . Tucker will provide high - level , strategic leadership as IALR continues its mission to catalyze regional economic transformation .
“On behalf of the search committee and the board of trustees , I want to share our excitement with the selection of Telly Tucker as the first President of IALR , ” said Roy Ford Jr . , D . Min . , chair of the IALR board of trustees . “We have full confidence in Telly’s ability to successfully steer IALR to help realize Southern Virginia as home to a dynamic economy where all can live and thrive . His collaborative approach and strategic insight , combined with his significant experience and deep knowledge of our region , positions him as a perfect champion of our vision for the next chapter of IALR . ”
Tucker formerly served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Danville before his most recent post as the Director of Arlington Economic Development for Arlington County , Va . There he led an economic development team of more than 50 employees as the staff built on the momentum of Amazon HQ2 to attract more businesses , grow existing business , and support the tourism sector and the arts community .
“I am honored to have been selected as the first President of IALR , ” said Tucker . “The opportunity to lead a premier institution engaged in meaningful and impactful economic development , applied research , advanced learning , conference services and advanced manufacturing is truly a privilege . I’m very much looking forward to this challenge and opportunity to work collaboratively in support of the larger mission of economic transformation within Southern Virginia . ”
Tucker’s career in economic development , education and leadership spans 18 years in Virginia at both the state and local levels . In addition to his leadership in the City of Danville and Arlington County , his experience includes serving as Assistant Director of Economic Development for James City County , Program Administrator for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development , Economic Development Specialist for the City of Lynchburg , and Secondary Education Teacher for Lynchburg City Schools .
An avid supporter of community engagement , Tucker has held board appointments with the Leadership Center for Excellence Board of Regents , George Mason University President’s Innovation Advisory Council , Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance ( Immediate Past Chair ) , Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce , and Path Forward Advisory Council , and has served as an Honorary Board Member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council .
Tucker has received the prestigious Certified Economic Development ( CEcD ) designation granted by the International Economic Development Council ( IEDC ) in Washington , D . C . , and has served on IEDC’s Racism and Economic Development Committee . He is a Lynchburg native and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in international business and Spanish from James Madison University .
IALR’s seven - member search committee worked with Korn Ferry in Washington , D . C . , to conduct a national search to fill the new President position . The team narrowed the highly qualified pool of applicants to five candidates for a round of interviews before selecting Tucker .
The new President position was created after a seven - month strategic planning process indicated the need for expanded executive leadership due to extensive growth in IALR’s activity level , as well as strategic succession planning .
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation with applied research , advanced learning , economic development , advanced manufacturing and conference services . IALR’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia , including the counties of Patrick , Henry , Franklin , Pittsylvania , Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville . For more information , visit
www . ialr . org
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