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U.Va.'s Darden Business School Elects New Trustees Including Top Leaders In Business And Non-Profit Fields

October 28, 1999 -- George David, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corp., was elected chairman of trustees for the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration Foundation at the trustees' recent meeting.

Donald M. Wilkinson, chairman of Wilkinson O'Grady & Co., a New York-based investment advisory firm, was elected president of Darden's Board of Trustees, while U. Bertram Ellis Jr., CEO of iXL Enterprises, an Internet company based in Atlanta, and William H. Gray III, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund, received appointments to the board. All will serve two-year terms.

David, a 1967 Darden graduate, was elected chairman of UTC in 1997, having served as chief executive officer since 1994. He has held numerous leadership positions with the company, including UTC president, corporate executive vice president, president of the commercial/industrial unit, and president and chief executive of UTC's Otis elevator unit. United Technologies Corp., a global Fortune 50 company based in Hartford, Conn., with $26 billion in annual revenues, provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries.

Wilkinson, a 1966 graduate of Darden, has served as a trustee since 1992. In 1972 he co-founded Wilkinson O'Grady & Co., a New York-based investment advisory firm that manages equity and balanced portfolios for clients around the world.

Gray heads the United Negro College Fund, the nation's oldest organization for promoting higher education for African Americans. It is a consortium of 39 private, accredited, four-year, historically black colleges and universities. Gray is a former Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania. During his 12 years in office, he advanced to chairmanship of the Budget Committee in 1985 and in 1989 was named majority whip.

Ellis, a 1979 Darden graduate, is founder of iXL Enterprises, the parent company of iXL, Inc. and Consumer Financial Network. iXL is a leading Internet services company, headquartered in Atlanta, which provides Internet strategy consulting and comprehensive Internet-based solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and other major international clients.

"The Darden School develops professionals who create, lead and transform organizations," said Edward A. Snyder, dean. "George David, Don Wilkinson, Bert Ellis, and Bill Gray, embody this mission. Darden and the University of Virginia, our students, and our faculty will benefit from the insight and experience of these four dynamic visionaries."

Founded in 1954, The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration is named for Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr., former Virginia governor, former U.S. representative, and former president of the University of Virginia. The Darden Grounds, designed by renowned American architect Robert A.M. Stern, comprises five buildings in a graduate school complex. With 210,000 square feet of space, Darden's facilities offer state-of-the-art classrooms with high-technology computer links.

Contact: Chris Allerton, (804) 924-7673

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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