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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. During the meeting, representatives from universities and state agencies collaborate on the development of a statewide strategic plan for substance abuse prevention in higher education.

  • All meetings are 10 AM-12 PM
    • January 26, 2024 (Hearings Room)
Keith Anderson, D. Min., Executive Director of Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives, Liberty University
Brooke Berry, JD, Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Virginia Commonwealth University
Sandra Freeman, Director of Private Postsecondary Education, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Deirdre Goldsmith, Member, Commission on Youth
Travis Hill, CEO, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
Greg Hodges, PhD, Vice President of Academic and Student Success Services, Patrick Henry Community College
Chris Holstege, MD, Executive Director of Student Health Center, University of Virginia
Charles Klink, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University 
Ashley Lockhart, Coordinator for Academic Initiatives, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Matt McGraw, PhD, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Renae Mancastroppa, MS, Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education, Hampden-Sydney College
Adam Williams, MS, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Regent University
Van Wilson, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experiences and Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Community College System


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.

  • All meetings are 10 AM-12 PM
    • October 19, 2023 (Training Room)
    • January 18, 2024 (Hearings Room)
    • April 18, 2024 (Room TBD)

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Annual Reports

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

2023 (PDF)

2022 (PDF)

2021 (PDF)

2020 (PDF)

2019 (PDF)

2018 (PDF)

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