Press Release  May 7, 2018

LYNCHBURG, VA – Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) has announced that Mr. Wiley V. “Bif” Johnson III, CVCC graduate class of 1987, will be the Commencement Speaker for its 50th graduation ceremony on Thursday May 10, from 7-10 p.m., at the Liberty University Vines Center. 

Mr. Johnson remarked, “CVCC gave me an important start many years ago and it is a great honor to be a part of the 50th commencement activities.  Good luck to all the graduates!” 

Johnson graduated from CVCC in 1987, with an Associate degree in engineering and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in civil engineering in 1989. 
Since then, he has embarked on a successful professional career track with Lynchburg’s Hurt & Proffitt, Inc.  He first worked as a member of an H&P survey crew and did data processing in their office during the summer months and holiday breaks while attending Virginia Tech. 

After graduating from VT, he returned to Lynchburg and began full-time employment in the firm's engineering department. He has held many important positions with H&P, including Project Engineer, Project Manager, Department Head, Chief Operations Officer and was appointed CEO by its board of directors in 2008.

In 2005, he was appointed to the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) by Governor Mark Warner and served on it for a total of 12 years.  Governor Tim Kaine reappointed him to the same board in 2009.  
Most recently, Johnson was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2018, to the State Board for Contractors as the board's first representative to fill the newly created Professional Engineer seat on the board. 

Mr. Johnson has also served on many other boards for various chambers of commerce, advisory committees, workforce investment plans and task forces. He is very active in his church, teaching an adult Sunday school class and working with their youth.

Mr. Johnson enjoys running, bike riding and reading. He and his wife, Jill, live in the Elon area of Amherst County and like to spend time with their children in many sports related activities and family hobbies.

CVCC expects to graduate 968 students at its commencement exercise on Thursday, May 10, and confer a combined total of 1,387 credentials for associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, career study certificates, and Workforce credentials. 

Central Virginia Community College is a two-year state college located in Lynchburg, Virginia and is part of the Virginia Community College System. Established in 1966, CVCC serves students at its main campus in Lynchburg, and its off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties.