Elected 37th Rector Of U.Va.’s Board Of Visitors / Farrell
To Become First Vice Rector
April 3, 2003--
The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors elected
Richmond attorney Gordon F. Rainey Jr. its 37th rector Thursday.
was elected to succeed John P. “Jack” Ackerly III. Thomas
F. Farrell II, chief executive officer of Dominion Energy Inc.,
was elected vice rector, a position created by the board earlier
62, is chairman of Hunton & Williams, a Richmond-based law firm.
Reared in Oklahoma, he received his bachelor’s degree from
U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1962. After serving
in the Army, including a year in Korea, 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, a trustee for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,
the Board of Trustees and general counsel of the Virginia Foundation
of Independent Colleges and trustee for both the Richmond Historic
Riverfront Foundation and the Richmond Memorial Foundation. He also
served on Gov. Jim Gilmore’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher
the direction of U.Va.’s Board of Visitors, Rainey said, “The
board should be primarily focused on the future of the University,
so I will be emphasizing the importance of board focus on planning
and policy issues.”
rector, a position held by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Rainey
hopes to approach issues in a way that engages the members and uses
their time efficiently.
also a Richmond resident, received his undergraduate degree from
U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1976 and a law degree
in 1979. While at the College, he received the Peter Gray Award,
now known as the Gray-Carrington Award and among the most prestigious
honors given undergraduates.
to the U.Va. Board of Visitors in 2001, Farrell has been a member
of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857