Director of the Advanced Manufacturing 
Excellence Center

Thomas Nelson Community College

600 Butler Farm Road, Suite A

Hampton, VA  23666






John Calver is Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Center at Thomas Nelson CommunitCollege, (TNCC), in Hampton, Virginia. He is also project director of a US DOL/ETA CBJTG $2 million grant, the second $2 million grant he has managed at TNCC. Prior to moving to TNCC in 2005 John was the Director of the Center for Continuing Engineering Education at Old Dominion University for five years, a multi-million dollar, self-support Enterprise Center at the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, and the Executive Director of the Business Enterprise Center at the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2000.

John has many years of documented success on both sides of the Atlantic as an individual and organizational performance improvement specialist.  He has been an adjunct at Thomas Nelson Community College (Physics), Christopher Newport University (Human Resources Management), and the College of William & Mary (Organizational Behavior). As a consultant, and as a director of operations of a small company, John learned about business at the grass-roots level.  He has a B.S. in Pure Physics from the University of London and a Masters in Educational Management from the University of Bath, England. He studied for his baccalaureate degree at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, England where he developed a semi-conductor detector process to accurately measure neutron flux.

John has been an ACT WorkKeys© Profiler and is an acclaimed presenter of innovative workshops and seminars in Europe and in the US. His aim is to ensure that all learning is fun! In 1991 John was honored personally by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for services to education and training.
He is currently president of Sister Cities of Newport News, Inc., and a past member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads. Born in Bath, Somerset, England, John first came to the US in 1988, eventually discovered he liked it and, after more than 25 years commissioned service in the British Army, retired and settled in Newport News. John and his wife, Susan (who hails from Connecticut) live in Newport News, Virginia.  Between them they have four children, Sarah, Natasha, Kristen and Matt, and two grand-children, Emily(12) and Alex (2).