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The Virginia Economic Development Partnership today announced that seven companies have been selected to participate in the VALET (Virginia Leaders in Export Trade) Program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the commonwealth who have firmly established domestic operations and who are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. The first of its kind in the United States, VALET provides capital, expert guidance and concrete solutions for businesses committed to expanding into international markets. Virginia deputy secretary of commerce and trade Matt Erskine welcomed the new VALET participants at an event in Richmond today. Representing a wide variety of industries throughout the commonwealth, the seven companies selected for the July 2002 VALET class are the following: Delta-T Corp., Hooker Furniture, Marshall Miller & Associates Inc., Proxtronics Inc., Star Scientific Inc., Tex Tech Industries and Turner Sculpture.

Dr. James G. Woodyard has joined the periodontal practice of Drs. Wyman, Passero, and Feeney. With offices in McLean and Springfield, Va., the practice was established in 1976 by Dr. Bruce Wyman and Dr. Peter Passero. Dr. Brian Feeney joined in 2001, and Dr. Woodyard begins in August 2002. Dr. Woodyard is a native of Smithfield, Ky. He has a BS degree from Murray State University in Kentucky and a DMD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He also completed post-doctoral training in periodontics and implantology at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and received a master’s degree in oral biology. Dr. Woodyard was at the top of his class in number of tissue grafts, dental implants, and cosmetic procedures performed. In September, he will present a paper based on his research to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology.

After four years as provost (chief executive officer) of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus, Dr. Thomas Butler is returning at the end of this month to his home state of Texas, to become president of Montgomery College, near Houston.

Dr. Barbara Saperstone, dean of the Liberal Arts Division at the Annandale Campus, will take over as acting provost while the college launches a national search for a new provost for the community college’s largest campus. Saperstone has been on the faculty at the Annandale Campus since 1979 and became chair of the Liberal Arts Division (then known as the Communications and Humanities Division) in 1995. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctoral degree in community college education from George Mason University.

Dr. Saperstone officially takes over as acting provost on September 3.