Bruce Smith Appointed To VT Board of Visitors
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  June 27, 2002

RICHMOND - Governor Mark. R. Warner today announced a series of appointments to Virginia's higher education oversight boards and various college and university boards of visitors.

A majority of the individuals were reviewed and recommended by the Governor's Advisory Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments, established when Governor Warner signed Executive Order Number Eight on February 7, 2002. The Commission reviews individuals nominated for appointment to college and university boards based upon merit, experience, sound judgment and proven leadership.

"These outstanding men and women share my commitment to ensuring a system of quality higher education is available to all Virginians," Governor Warner said. "Our public colleges and universities face big challenges in the current budget climate, and I'm pleased the members of my Advisory Commission have brought a bipartisan, merit-based approach to this process. I am pleased to appoint individuals who have shown a real commitment to advance the best interests of higher education in the Commonwealth."

Board of Visitors, Virginia Tech
Ben J. Davenport, Jr. of Chatham, chairman of Chatham Oil Company and First Piedmont Corporation. A 1964 graduate of Virginia Tech, Davenport currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Tech Foundation, Averett University, and Hargrave Military Academy;

John R. Lawson, II of Newport News, president and CEO of the general contracting firm W. M. Jordan. Lawson, a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech, is actively involved with the Advisory Board of the School of Building Construction for Virginia Tech, Stadium Expansion Committee for Virginia Tech, and is a member of the board of the Virginia Tech Foundation;

Thomas L. Robertson of Roanoke, chairman of the Carilion Foundation and Carilion Biomedical Institute. Robertson is a director of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, and a former member of the Virginia Tech Foundation;

Bruce Smith of Virginia Beach, a defensive end with the NFL's Washington Redskins. Smith, the 1985 Outland Trophy winner, was a consensus First Team All-America choice as a senior at Virginia Tech. Smith was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame in 1995, and has been active in raising funds for the University.
For more on the Governor's Higher Education Appointments please see: www.governor.state.va.us/Press_Policy/Releases/June2002/Jun2702b.htm.