Chair, National Governors Association, 2004-2005
States' Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission, 2003-2004
Chair, Education Commission of the States, 2003-2004
Chair, Southern Governors' Association, 2003-2004
Member, Board of Directors, Alexandria Volunteer Bureau
Honorary Chair, AmeriCorps Support Group
Member, Board of Trustees, George Washington University
Member, Board Member, Medical Care for Children Project
Member, Board of Directors, United Community Ministries
Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Union University
As a private citizen, he launched a health care foundation that's helped over 500,000 uninsured and medically underserved Virginians obtain access to primary health care.
He chaired the National Governors Association, leading a national high school reform effort to meet the challenges of a global economy.