Senator Mark Warner will be the speaker at Commencement 2018 at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Commencement is set for May 5 at 11 a.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.
“We are honored that Senator Warner has accepted our invitation to deliver the commencement address to our Class of 2018,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “He has visited Southwest Virginia often as governor and Senator, and he knows the region well. We look forward to hosting Senator Warner during Commencement.”
Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the vice chairman. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for the nation’s military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.
From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.
The first in his family to graduate from college, Senator Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.
Senator Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia.