Class of 2002 Commencement
Governor Mark R. Warner To Be Graduation Speaker At The University
February 12, 2002-- Mark R.
Warner, the 69th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will
be the commencement speaker at the University of Virginias
173rd Final Exercises on Sunday, May 19, President John
T. Casteen III announced today.
recently elected governor, who faces the difficult task of balancing
the state's budget in a recession, promised during his campaign
to apply a private sector approach to state government's $25 billion-a-year
are honored that Gov. Warner has agreed to speak at this year's
graduation," Casteen said. "Many of his life achievements -- in
business, philanthropy, and public service -- mirror our graduates'
aspirations. The Class of 2002 stands to learn a great deal from
both his experience and the example he has set."
graduation from Harvard Law School in 1980, Warner went into business
not law, starting his first successful company in the fledgling
cellular communications industry. Later he was a founding partner
of Columbia Capital Corporation, a technology venture capital fund
in Alexandria that has helped start more than 50 businesses now
employing more than 15,000 workers.
a Northern Virginia entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been dedicated
to helping the underserved across Virginia. He was a founding chair
of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which provides health care
to more than 425,000 Virginians in rural and urban areas. Through
the foundation, Warner started SeniorNavigator.com, an Internet-based
program that uses a network of trained volunteers to help older
Virginians and their caregivers find answers to medical questions,
locate senior health services, and connect with other senior citizens
in their communities.
47, received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University
in 1977. His wife Lisa Collis graduated from the U.Va.'s College
of Arts and Sciences that same year with a degree in biology.
Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629