The Virginia House of Delegates appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) for a three-year term.

“I am honored to serve on IALR’s Board of Trustees, especially during this exciting time when the focus is laser targeted on commercializing the important research and development occurring at the Institute,” said Nyholm.

Nyholm is Owner and CEO of VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).  Leveraging her love of Virginia and business expertise, Nyholm currently serves on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Roadracing Industry Council.

“We are pleased to welcome Connie Nyholm to the Institute board.  She is one of the strongest voices calling for revitalization in the Dan River Region and is the first to step forward offering assistance and guidance where needed.  Under her leadership, VIR has grown to be a premiere destination in southern Virginia and her experience and voice will be a welcome addition as the Institute works to transform our community for the future,” said Institute Board Chairman Donald Merricks.

“It is great that House of Delegates Speaker, Bill Howell, appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  As a very successful business person, she brings excellent judgment and insight to the table. Connie has a personal knowledge of our region, its strengths and its educational needs. Her entrepreneurial spirit will offer the enthusiasm that is characteristic of the IALR programs and she will hit the road running, as she always does at VIR,” said Delegate Danny Marshall.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia; however most applied research, advanced learning, and economic development efforts focus within Southern Virginia including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax, and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.