Rainey 37th rector
by Peggy Harrison
member William H. Goodwin Jr., right, congratulates Gordon
F. Rainey Jr. upon being elected U.Va.s 37th rector.
Board of Visitors elected
Richmond attorney Gordon F. Rainey Jr. its 37th rector last week.
was elected to succeed John P. Jack Ackerly III. Thomas
F. Farrell II, chief executive officer of Dominion Energy Inc.,
was elected vice rector (see Farrell
first vice rector).
rector, a position held by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison,
Rainey said he hopes to address a range of issues, from diversity
in the U.Va. community to efficient operation of the Board of
his first official act, Rainey announced the creation of a special
board committee on diversity, which he said will work in concert
with a Commission on Diversity and Equity formed by U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III (see separate story, Page 2). The reality
as well as the perception of intolerance must be addressed, Rainey
is a great strength at the University. The vast majority of the
University community is committed to assuring that U.Va. is a
welcoming place, respectful and tolerant of all points of view
and cultures. It is unfortunate that the thoughtless acts of a
few may have contributed to a different perception, and that will
also pointed to the role of tuition in helping the University
achieve market value and the upcoming capital campaign as a means
to ensure the continuation of quality and excellence of the Universitys
state cutbacks, philanthropy and market-based tuition will be
more and more critical to the University in maintaining and enhancing
also said its important that the board operate efficiently
boards Special Committee on Governance, created in February,
will allow more routine matters to be dealt with at the committee
level, leaving more time for the full board to engage in policy
and planning issues.
think one of the most important responsibilities of the rector
is to set the agenda in a way that sustains the interest and involvement
of all of the members, he said.
62, is chairman of Hunton & Williams, an international law
firm based in Richmond. Reared in Oklahoma City, he received his
bachelors degree from U.Va.s College of Arts &
Sciences in 1962. After serving in the Army, he returned to U.Va.
to attend the School of Law, graduating in 1967. He was appointed
to the Board of Visitors in 2000.
president of the U.Va. Alumni Association, Rainey has served on
a number of boards and commissions, including as a trustee for
the Law School Foundation and general counsel and a member of
the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation of Independent