R. Barry Glenn
JVG President & CEO
Jobs for Virginia Graduates
Barry Glenn has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) since 1996. A public-private partnership, JVG works with disadvantaged students who are most at risk in Virginia high schools, supporting them through graduation to their transition into the work world and higher education. JVG is an affiliate of the national non-profit public service corporation known as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).
During his tenure as CEO, JVG has served over 10,000 young people in 26 school systems across Virginia, winning JAG’s highest national award for 11 consecutive years and receiving the most honors of the 32 states in the JAG network. Since 1996, JVG has averaged a 94% graduation rate with an 86% job placement rate, and has continued to expand and improve the program, including competencies like career development, job attainment, leadership, and personal development skills. In 2009, JVG achieved a record graduation rate of 98.3% with a 94% full-time placement rate.
In 2007, Mr. Glenn was recognized by JAG for his years of service and his relentless work with both the members of the General Assembly and the education establishment to fund and expand JVG, as well as his efforts to spearhead private fundraising for the program. When asked about the JVG program Mr. Glenn stated, “In my 41 years in education as teacher, coach, and administrator I have been challenged and rewarded many times over. My last 18 years with JVG has been the most rewarding and challenging of my career. Not only are we making sure our students have the tools to be successful in the world of work – we are changing lives. JVG has been the best job and most important mission of my professional life. It has become a calling, not simply a job.”
Prior to JVG, Mr. Glenn had 24 years of progressive experience in private school education as a teacher, coach, lower school director, director of development, director of athletics, and headmaster. As a graduate of Old Dominion University, he began his career teaching sixth grade literature and grammar, and coaching basketball, baseball, and football at Norfolk Academy in 1972. He then moved to Bollingbrook School in Petersburg, VA where he taught high school literature and coached basketball and baseball. At Bollingbrook, Mr. Glenn was promoted to Director of Athletics and Director of Development.
Mr. Glenn moved to Lexington, KY in 1979 to take a position as Sayre School’s Director of the Lower School, where he helped develop and modernize the program. He drafted a comprehensive curriculum guide, designed a teacher evaluation program, implemented a pre-school program, instituted a sixth grade speech program, organized and instructed the Gifted and Talented program, and coached fifth and sixth grade boys basketball. He also engaged the community and started a volunteer program composed of parents and grandparents to support the students.
In 1982, at the age of 31, Mr. Glenn became the Headmaster of Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, South Carolina. During his tenure, he increased enrollment and led major initiatives, including creating a gifted program, instituting a self-study program that led to accreditation, and established a new middle school. He made Cambridge more competitive by expanding the curriculum and increasing graduation requirements. In Development, he initiated an informational periodical on the academy, started an Alumni Association, and held auctions for fundraising purposes, increasing the Annual Fund and Capital Gifts by 601%.
Mr. Glenn went back to school in 1986 as a Teaching and Research Assistant to the Policy Studies and Evaluation Department of the School of Education at the University of Kentucky. He taught the required undergraduate course, “Education in American Culture,” while a candidate for a Ph.D. in Education. Mr. Glenn completed his course work in December 1987, completed comprehensive exams in May 1988, and began working on his dissertation, “A Private Public School,” focusing on the Lexington Magnet School.
In 1988, Mr. Glenn returned to Virginia as Headmaster of Southampton Academy, where he led significant innovation and change at the academy. He reorganized divisions of the school, increased graduation requirements and course offerings, and initiated computer classes for all grades. He oversaw many physical improvements to the campus, including construction of the school’s first lunchroom, two computer labs, and renovations of the Middle School. As Headmaster, Mr. Glenn drove the academy’s community outreach efforts by doing Board retreats, Headmaster/Parent breakfasts, establishing a Founders’ Day celebration, and speaking at local civic groups, becoming a fixture in the community. He also expanded the “Academy Auction,” increasing profits by 145%, and initiated an Alumni Giving Program.
In 1994, Mr. Glenn moved into a full-time development focus as Director of Development at North Cross School in Roanoke. He supervised all fundraising and publications for the Development Office, assisted the Development Committee of the Board in planning a Capital Campaign, instituted annual Alumni events, and chaired the Special Programs Committee of the V.A.I.S. Under Mr. Glenn’s tenure, total gifts increased by 13% in his first year, and the number of givers by 34%. For the alumni Fund, total gifts increased by 46%, and the number of givers by 242%.
Mr. Glenn was personally recruited and hired by the former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Don Beyer, to be JVG’s CEO.
“Barry Glenn has been the heart and soul and brains of JVG for over a decade. Thousands of young Virginians owe their educational and life success to Barry’s relentless and cheerful efforts to help them graduate. Virginia is exceptionally fortunate to enjoy Barry Glenn’s leadership.”
– Don Beyer, former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia