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Virginia Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee (VHESUAC)

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Every day Virginia’s college students, their families and friends, and the community-at-large face negative consequences related to substance misuse, including academic problems, unintentional injuries, assault, dependency and death. Whether the substance is alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs, the toll of misuse on the intellectual and social lives of students is enormous. Without partnerships and support at the local and state levels, colleges and universities have a limited capacity to address the problem of substance misuse.

Per COV 4.1-103.02., VHESUAC is tasked with:

  • Developing and updating a statewide strategic plan for substance use education, prevention, and intervention at Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education that includes the use of best practices.
  • Providing for the collection of statewide data from all institutions of higher education on student alcohol and substance use.
  • Assisting institutions of higher education in developing individual strategic plans by providing network and training resources and materials.
  • Developing and maintaining reporting guidelines for use by institutions of higher education in their individual strategic plans.

The Committee is comprised of public and private universities and colleges, student leaders, state agencies and statewide partners in substance misuse prevention whom have indicated that they are ready to collaborate to reduce college substance misuse and advocate for policies and practices that are science-based.

VHESUAC is staffed by Virginia ABC and led by two levels of membership: the Executive Council and Workgroup.

Interested in Becoming a Member?

Executive Council and Workgroup members are appointed by the Virginia ABC Board and serve on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Executive Council or the Workgroup, please fill out this form.

Executive Council

The Executive Council meets biannually and is the governing body responsible for setting overall direction and providing input on Workgroup activities. Members of the Executive Council are college and university presidents, directors of student health and student leaders. These members are committed to reducing college substance misuse and related problems statewide.

Marcia Thom-Kaley, MA, Dean of Students, Sweet Briar College
Van Wilson, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experiences and Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Community College System
Ashley Lockhart, Coordinator for Academic Initiatives, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Deirdre Goldsmith, Member, Commission on Youth 
Keith Anderson, D. Min., Executive Director of Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives, Liberty University
Charles Klink, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Alexander Lee, Undergraduate Student Leader, University of Mary Washington
Shawn White, MS, Assistant Dean of Students, Hampden-Sydney College
Greg Hodges, PhD, Vice President of Academic and Student Success Services, Patrick Henry Community College
Matthew McGraw, PhD, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Travis Hill, CEO, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Christopher Holstege, MD, Executive Director of Student Health Center, University of Virginia
Lesley Villarose, M.Ed., Dean of Students, Averett University
Adam Williams, MS, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Regent University


The Workgroup meets quarterly and provides support and recommendations to the Executive Council. Members of the Workgroup are community and campus leaders from across the state. These members share pertinent research and programming to inform planning and decision-making during meetings and actively work to prevent college substance misuse and related problems.

2021 Meeting Schedule
  • July 29: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • October 28: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Annual Reports

The following reports highlight VHESUAC activities for each calendar year, detailing progress made toward the statewide strategic plan for Virginia.

2020 (PDF)

2019 (PDF)

2018 (PDF)


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Looking for resources to support substance misuse prevention at your college or university? Explore the variety of tools offered through our Higher Education Alcohol and Drug Strategic Unified Prevention (HEADS UP) Program.