Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) flew to Salt Lake City Friday morning for the National Governors Association summer meeting.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

On Saturday, he’ll attend meetings of the health and human services and education, early childhood and workforce committees.

And on Sunday, he will go to the event’s closing plenary session featuring New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.

McDonnell, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, also will attend a pair of events for that organization while in Salt Lake City — a fundraising reception and a meeting of GOP governors.

His wife, Maureen McDonnell, will accompany him on the trip. Virginia’s first couple will return to Richmond Sunday.