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Message from President Sullivan Regarding Election of University's Board Vice Rector

September 17, 2012

Dear Members of the University Community:

I am very pleased to report to you that during its regular meeting last week the Board of Visitors unanimously selected George Keith Martin to become the University's vice rector. On July 1, 2013, he will step into the role of rector.

Mr. Martin is the first African-American to be elected vice rector, and he will become the first African-American rector. He is a University alumnus who took his degree from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1975 and received his law degree from Howard University in 1978. A managing partner at McGuire Woods LLP's Richmond office since 1990, he is a distinguished citizen of the Commonwealth and an outstanding leader in the state's legal community. He has served on the boards of Regent University School of Law and James Madison University, as well as the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education. In addition, he served for a decade on the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, the five-member body responsible for licensing attorneys in Virginia. He has been named one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" numerous times by Virginia Business magazine.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell appointed Mr. Martin to a four-year term on the Board in July 2011. He currently co-chairs the newly created Governance and Engagement Committee, which is examining how the Board conducts its business and interacts with its constituencies.

I look forward to working with Mr. Martin over the next several years. He has a deep commitment to the University and a firm grasp of the challenges facing higher education in Virginia and across the country.

Please join me in congratulating Vice Rector Martin. I hope that all members of our community will extend a warm welcome as he begins his new duties, and that many of you will have the opportunity to meet him on one of his visits to Grounds.

With best regards,

Terry Sullivan