By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Jan. 25, 2018 | 3:20 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – On January 11, the office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, announced that Jacoby Harper of Dinwiddie County is one of eleven elite young Virginia professionals named as a new prestigious Virginia Management Fellow.
The program prepares the next generation of government leaders and was developed in conjunction with Virginia Tech.
Harper is a 2010 graduate of Dinwiddie High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a certification in homeland security. Harper resides in Dinwiddie and is the son of Jesse Harper and Deborah Ellis. He has one sister, Jessica Harper.
The Virginia Management Fellows Program is a concept developed by the state government and Virginia Tech to help the state in meeting its need for new dynamic leaders throughout state government.
“Virginia is fortunate to have these talented and dedicated Fellows to serve in continuance of our success in building the new Virginia economy. I look forward to seeing this first inaugural class of fellows work with their agencies, mentors, and professors, and to grow into leaders that will share their talents and skills to help ensure Virginia’s strong future,” said Governor McAuliffe.
“Over my career in state government, I have seen the need for strong succession planning in state government. The VMF Program successfully addresses this concern through the development of next-generation leaders,” said Secretary of Finance, Rick Brown. He continued, “At the end of the two-year program period, these fellows will enter government leadership roles uniquely-qualified to tackle the “bigger picture” issues and practical challenges of state strategic management and leadership.”
Harper credits his sister, Jessica for referring him to the Virginia Management Fellows program.
“She entered me, providing my background, by email. The competition was fierce, and I honestly had no idea that I would be chosen,” Harper said. “The people that have influenced me greatly in my life are my sister, Jessica, and my cousin, Dequincy Faulcon. I give all glory, honor, and praise to God for giving me the strength to make it as far as I have.”
According to recent data from the Commonwealth, a large percentage of state management leaders, from all state agencies, will be eligible for retirement in the next few years. There is going to be a tremendous need for elite management professionals and leaders to fill this void. Professionals in the Virginia Management Fellows Program will be trained in many different state agencies before their final assignment in a state leadership position. Harper has been given his first assignment in a leadership/management position with the State DMV.
Jacoby Harper’s philosophy is simple, “Never panic when faced with a trial or challenge. Just think about the outcome you want, and make it happen.”