New board members tapped
Mark R. Warner announced four new appointments to the U.Va. Board
Visitors April 11, bypassing all three Gilmore-era board members
who were eligible for reappointment.
new members were the first to be recommended by the new Governors
Advisory Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments, which
Warner established in February to review potential candidates
for higher education board appointments based on merit,
experience, sound judgment and proven leadership, according
to the press release announcing Warners selections.
individuals I have selected for these boards have demonstrated
their commitment to higher education through active support of
their alma maters, Warner said. These appointees also
share my commitment to ensuring a system of quality higher education
is available to all Virginians. I appreciate their willingness
to offer themselves for public service.
new appointees, all University alumni, are:
Mark J. Kington of Alexandria, who holds an M.B.A. from the
Darden School. The president of Kington Management Corp., he is
chair of Dardens Progressive Incubator Visiting Committee
and a member of the Arts Council and Rotunda Society. Kington
also is a member of the National Gallery of Art trustees council
and a trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation.
Don R. Pippin of Wise, who graduated from the Universitys
College at Wise in 1960 and the Law School in 1963. A semi-retired
lawyer, Pippin is a former Norton city attorney and served on
the citys school board. Pippin has served on the Wise College
Board and executive committee. He has been active in the Alumni
Association, and The Lawn, Cornerstone and Rotunda societies.
Warren M. Thompson of Herndon, who holds an M.B.A. from
the Darden School and served eight years on its board. Hes
president and CEO of Thompson Hospitality Corporation, Inc., one
of the nations largest minority-owned businesses, employing
more than 2,000 people and operating in 33 states. Thompson becomes
the boards second African-American member, joining Elsie
Edwin Vaughan Jr. of New York, who is a 1961 graduate of
Washington and Lee University, earned a medical degree from U.Va.
in 1965. He served on the Universitys Medical School faculty
from 1973 to 1978, and currently is chair emeritus of the urology
department at Weill Cornell University Medical Center. He is a
former president of the American Board of Urology.
selecting four new Board of Visitors members, Warner, a Democrat
in his fourth month in office, passed over three former members,
appointed by former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore, who were eligible
for a second four-year term: Benjamin P.A. Warthen of Richmond,
Joseph E. Wolfe of Norton and Timothy B. Robertson of Virginia
M. Caravati Jr. of Manakin-Sabot, who had been the boards
only physician, completed his second term and was not eligible
The U.Va. appointments were among a series of selections to the
boards of several Virginia colleges and universities, and one
appointment to the board that oversees the Virginia Community
College System, that Warner announced last Thursday. The College
of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University each
received two new members, and Old Dominion University added one.