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Special Committee on the Nomination of a President

The manual of the Board of Visitors requires that, "Whenever the office of the President becomes vacant or a vacancy is impending, the Rector shall appoint a Special Committee on the Nomination of a President from among the membership of the Board to seek and recommend to the Board a person to fill the vacancy." After Mr. Casteen announced his retirement, Rector of the Board of Visitors, John O. Wynne, announced the formation of the special committee to advise the board on Mr. Casteen’s replacement. The special committee comprises nine members of the Board of Visitors, six faculty members, two former rectors and two students. Of the 19 members, 11 are alumni.

Not all University groups, schools and units are represented on the search committee. In fact, members of the search committee are not appointed based on affiliation with a school or unit, but as representatives of the entire University community. The Committee members are expected to seek and hear the views of all constituents and to act in the University’s best interest.

To better understand the opinions and expectations held by faculty, students, community members, and staff of the University (academic division and medical center), members of the search committee will attend public forums, review advice submitted in writing and on-line, and conduct conversations with higher education experts. All staff and faculty are invited to submit advice to the Special Committee on the Nomination of a President through the search website.

Name Notes
John O. "Dubby" Wynne (Law '71) Mr. Wynne is the Rector of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Norfolk, Virginia; and the retired CEO and President of Landmark Communication.
Heywood Fralin
(College '62)
Mr. Fralin is a former Rector of The Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Roanoke, Virginia; and the CEO of Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
Daniel Abramson (College '70) Mr. Abramson is the Vice-Rector of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Alexandria, Virginia; and the Principal of Abramson Properties.
Vince Mastracco (College '61) Mr. Mastracco is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Norfolk, Virginia; and Attorney/Partner with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C.
A. Mac Caputo (College '63, Law '66) Mr. Caputo is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut; and Advisory Director for Morgan Stanley.
Austin Ligon Mr. Ligon is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia; and the retired CEO and Co-Founder of CarMax, Inc.
Helen Dragas (College '84, Darden '88) Ms. Dragas is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and the President and CEO of The Dragas Companies.
Susan Dorsey (Architecture '82, Darden '87) Ms. Dorsey is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Mechanicsville, Virginia; and the Director of Marketing and Sales for Astyra Corporation.
Warren Thompson (Darden '83) Mr. Thompson is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia; a resident of Vienna, Virginia; and the Chairman, CEO and President of Thompson Hospitality, LLC.
Gordon F. Rainey (College '62, Law '67) Mr. Rainey is a former rector and current chairman of the University's $3 billion capital campaign; a resident of Richmond, Virginia; and the Chairman of Hunton & Williams.
Thomas F. Farrell II (College '76, Law '79) Mr. Farrell is a former rector and current member of the board of the University's College at Wise; a resident of Richmond, Virginia; and the CEO of Dominion Resources, Inc.
John Nelson Mr. Nelson is Student Council President and a rising fourth-year College student majoring in government and foreign affairs and economics. On Student Council, he has served as vice president for administration, chair of the safety and wellness committee, and the student representative on the University safety and security committee.
Jenifer Warner – SEAS Ms. Warner is a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Ms. Warner is the recipient of a Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Fellowship (2006-08) Graduate Engineering Student Council, Secretary Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering.
Dr. Peyton Taylor Dr. Peyton T. Taylor is the Crockett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine, founding director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and associate medical director of the U.Va. Cancer Center. He joined the U.Va. faculty in 1981.
Robert Fatton, Jr. Mr. Fatton is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics and associate dean of graduate programs in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He joined the U.Va. faculty in 1981 and served as chairman of the Department of Politics from 1997 to 2004.
James Galloway Mr. Galloway is the Sidman P. Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences and associate dean for the sciences in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He joined the U.Va. faculty in 1976 and served from 1996 to 2001 as chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences.
John Jeffries, Jr. (Law '73) Mr. Jeffries (Law '73), is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law. He joined the faculty in 1975, and served from 2001 to 2008 as dean of the School of Law.
Ann Hamric Ms. Hamric PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor in the U.Va. School of Nursing, and she is also the chair of the Faculty Senate. Her primary academic appointment is in Nursing, Acute and Specialty Care. She joined the U.Va. faculty in 1999.
Deborah McDowell Ms. McDowell is the director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies. She joined U.Va.'s English Department faculty in 1987.

Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as secretary to the committee.