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  • W. Heywood Fralin (Chair)

    Heywood FralinReappointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    W. Heywood Fralin is the chairman of Medical Facilities of America Inc. which operates 40 skilled nursing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Fralin is also co-chairman of Retirement Unlimited Inc., which operates six assisted-living facilities in Virginia.

    Mr. Fralin currently serves as chairman of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, as vice chairman of the Taubman Museum of Art, as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee, as a member of Council on Virginia’s Future, as a member of the Virginia Business Council (past chairman), as a member of the Board of Trustees University of Virginia College Foundation, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Carter Immunology Center at the University of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in 1962 and received his JD degree from American University in 1965.

    Mr. Fralin has participated in a variety of civic, educational and charitable organizations. In the field of higher education, he was a member of the board of visitors at the University of Virginia for eight years, serving as rector for two years. He was a member of the board of visitors at Virginia Tech for seven years. In addition, he served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment.

    Mr. Fralin resides in Roanoke, Virginia with his wife, Cynthia. They have six children and nine grandchildren.


  • H. Eugene Lockhart (Vice Chair)

    lockhartReappointed: July 1, 2016
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2020

    Gene Lockhart is an executive and investor with significant experience across a wide range of businesses within the financial services industry. Mr. Lockhart joined General Atlantic in 2013 and works closely with their Financial Services sector to identify new investment opportunities and provide strategic support for its portfolio companies.

    Mr. Lockhart has held executive leadership positions at some of the largest financial services companies in the world. He served as president and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide, where he led its transition to a for-profit enterprise. Subsequently, he worked as president of the Global Retail Bank at Bank of America, leading all of the bank's retail and commercial banking businesses globally until its sale to NationsBank. Prior to those experiences, Mr. Lockhart was the CEO of Midland Bank UK and chairman of First Direct and Thomas Cook, leading Midland's transition to a highly profitable domestic banking business and its eventual sale to HSBC. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Lockhart has also been a successful private investor and adviser to several private equity firms, focusing on high-growth financial services technology companies, traditional banks, and non-bank financial providers. Mr. Lockhart's private investments have included Metro Bank, Netspend, Argus Information, Accurate Data, Progressive Financial, and Lending Tree. He is also Chairman of MissionOG, an early-stage investment fund focusing on fintech, marketing and communications services.

    Mr. Lockhart has served on many public company boards including First Republic Bank, RJR/Nabisco, Huron Consulting, Cognizant, IMS Health and RadioShack. An early innovator and leader in the global payments industry, Mr. Lockhart has also served on the boards of many payments enterprises including APACS, CHAPS, SWIFT, and Europay, and he has participated on several commissions in the US and Europe focusing on payments infrastructure and security.

    Mr. Lockhart received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from that university's Darden School. Mr. Lockhart has extensive experience in higher education foundations including University of Virginia board of managers, chairman of the Darden School Foundation, chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), and chairman of Manhattanville College Trustees. He is also a trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a former trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  


  • Henry Light (Secretary)

    Henry LightAppointed: July 1, 2014
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2018

    Henry Light served for 32 years in the Law Department of Norfolk Southern Corp. and its predecessor Norfolk and Western Railway Company in a variety of roles culminating in that of senior vice president and chief legal officer. After retirement from Norfolk Southern, he served as counsel for nearly eight years with Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., Norfolk, Virginia.

    Born in McLean, Virginia, Mr. Light attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, on a Navy ROTC scholarship where he was active in swimming, water polo and football. He received a BEE degree in 1962, and served four years in the Navy, including serving as platoon leader of the Second Platoon of Underwater Demolition Team 21 in Little Creek, VA.  Mr. Light entered law school at the University of Virginia, receiving an LLB in 1969.

    Mr. Light has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the boards of Norfolk State University (vice rector), The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, WHRO Public Media (board chair), the Virginia Zoological Society (board chair), the Elizabeth River Project (current), The Mental Health Associations of Roanoke (board chair) and of Virginia (board chair), Randolph-Macon Academy (currently vice chair) and the Tidewater Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was awarded the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in 1986.

    Mr. Light and his wife, Angelica, have been married for 19 years; have five children and seven grandchildren.


  • Ken Ampy

    Ken AmpyAppointed: July 1, 2016
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2020


    Mr. Ampy serves as chief executive officer of Astyra Corp., a technology consulting and staffing firm based in Richmond. Mr. Ampy attended Old Dominion University where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. In addition, he has attended executive management programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia.

    Mr. Ampy served for eight years on the board of visitors for ODU, serving as secretary of the board, chairman of the Academic and Research Advancement Committee and chairman of the Student Engagement Committee. He serves on ODU’s Strome College of Business Advisory Board as well as the University of Richmond’s E. Claiborne Robins School of Business Advisory Board.

    Mr. Ampy has also served on the board of organizations including the Virginia Biotech Research Park Authority, Science Museum of Virginia, Metropolitan Business League (former chairman), American Red Cross of Virginia, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Community Foundation, Venture Richmond, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond, the Virginia High-Tech Partnership and Team Up Richmond.

    Mr. Ampy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Oliver R. Singleton Humanitarian Award, Team Up Richmond Vision Award, Metropolitan Business League Distinguished Community Service Award, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Entrepreneurs of the Year (two times), Metropolitan Business League Entrepreneurs of the Year (two times), Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Lasting Impressions Award (three times). He has been a finalist for the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award and as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Mr. Ampy lives in Midlothian with his wife, LaTrice.
     

  • Rosa Atkins

    Rosa AtkinsAppointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    Dr. Rosa Atkins is Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, a division that serves economically, ethnically, and racially diverse students in nine schools. During Dr. Atkins’ tenure, Charlottesville City Schools has become one of the top performing school divisions in the state with a graduation completion index of 90% and one of the best Advanced Placement programs in the area. In 2011, she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, as well as Virginia State University Alumna of the Year for Professional Education. In 2015-16, she served as President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Under her leadership, Charlottesville schools have been marked by innovation and collaboration. The creation of advanced manufacturing and engineering labs at Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School – as well as new curricula and engineering pathways – have been made possible by a partnership with area businesses, school divisions, and the University of Virginia.

    Because of this commitment to innovation, Dr. Atkins was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and invited to the American Association of School Administrators’ Digital Consortium at the White House. In October 2016, Dr. Atkins was named as one of two national finalists for the Women in School Leadership Award for Superintendents, presented annually by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) in cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is the President-elect for the Urban Superintendents Association of America. 

    Dr. Atkins demonstrates her commitment to developing future leaders by serving as an Executive Board member and mentor for aspiring superintendents for AASA/Howard University Superintendents Academy. 

    Dr. Atkins is an alumna of Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.



  • Marge Connelly

    Marge ConnellyAppointed: July 1, 2014
    Current Term Expires:
    June 30, 2018

    Marge Connelly is a former financial-services executive, having held senior roles in Virginia with Capital One (executive vice president of operations), and Wachovia Securities (chief operating officer) as well as with Barclays in London (global chief operating officer of Barclaycard).In these roles, Ms. Connelly has led large, complex organizations through many transformation and integration efforts, and developed the strategies and operational capabilities needed for these companies to innovate and grow.

    As a strong advocate for higher education, Ms. Connelly has served a number of institutions including: the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council; the VCU Business School Foundation Board; rector of the Board of Visitors for Longwood University; and Longwood interim president for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Ms. Connelly has also served on the boards of several other nonprofit organizations including: the Council for Virginia’s Future; the Greater Richmond Partnership (former chair); the Greater Richmond YMCA; and the Central Virginia Food Bank (former chair). She currently serves on the boards of The Women’s Initiative and The Center for Non-Profit Excellence, both based in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, she has served on a number of professional boards and committees associated with the credit card and securities industries and recently joined the board of directors for Portfolio Recovery Associates, based in Norfolk.

    Ms. Connelly has received numerous accolades for her work in both business and the community and has spoken at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics such as leadership, corporate citizenship, digital engagement, change management, diversity and the millennial workforce.


  • Suzette Denslow

    Suzette DenslowAppointment effective: January 13, 2018
    Current term expires: June 30, 2021











  • Stephen Moret

    Stephen MoretAppointed: January 3, 2017
    Current Term Expires: Ex officio

    Stephen Moret is president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the economic-development authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Prior to VEDP, Moret served as president and CEO of the LSU Foundation. Concurrently he served as executive director of the LSU Property Foundation.

    From 2008 through early 2015, Moret served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. In that role he directed business-development efforts and cultivated higher-education partnerships that helped secure a diverse array of economic development projects including software/IT, food/agricultural-processing facilities, and a few of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in U.S. history. Altogether, Dr. Moret and his team helped secure private-sector capital investments in excess of $62 billion. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].”

    During Moret’s tenure, LED repeatedly was recognized as one of the top-performing state economic development agencies in the U.S., and Louisiana improved to its highest-ever position in every national ranking of state business climates. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce-training program in the United States every year from 2009 through 2015.Moret previously served as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce; a management consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (a good-government think tank); a consultant to Harvard Business School; assistant to the chancellor of LSU; and an environmental consultant to industry at Trinity Consultants.

    Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education management, with Distinction for Dissertation, from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market in the United States.

    Moret resides in Richmond with his wife, Heather, and their four children.


  • William Murray

    Bill MurrayAppointed: July 1, 2014
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2018

    William L. “Bill” Murray is currently managing director of public policy for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest.

    He previously worked in the policy office for Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. Prior to working in the governor’s office, Dr. Murray was vice president for policy at the Virginia Hospital Association and a senior staff member for the Virginia General Assembly.

    Dr. Murray holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech. He serves on the Board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Bon Secours Health Source.


  • Carlyle Ramsey

    Carlyle RamseyReappointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    Dr. Carlyle Ramsey served as president of Danville Community College (DCC) for 21 years until his retirement in July 2013. His previous employment included positions as assistant vice chancellor for instructional programs and student services at the Virginia Community College System and dean of instruction and student development at DCC.

    Dr. Ramsey joins SCHEV after serving on numerous higher education boards and commissions including: the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment; the Rural Community College Alliance; the National Coalition on Advanced Technology Centers; and the Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ramsey has applied his experience in higher education to the economic development process with his appointments to the Governor’s Economic Development Council, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, and the Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County.

    Dr. Ramsey received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Florida, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. He holds an educational management certificate from Harvard University and participated in the United Kingdom’s Oxford Roundtable.

    His most recent publication is “Integrating Reaccreditation with Other Student Success Initiatives Creates Synergy: What We Know: Reflections from the Developmental Education Initiative: Presidents" (MDC Chapel Hill, 2012).

    Dr. Ramsey lives in Halifax County with his wife, Rosemary.      


  • Minnis E. Ridenour

    Minnis RidenourAppointed: July 1, 2015
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2019

    Minnis E. Ridenour joined Virginia Tech in 1974 as the university's budget director and chief business officer. He later served as vice president for finance until his promotion in 1987 to executive vice president. In May 2001, Mr. Ridenour was named executive vice president and chief operating officer and served in this position until 2004 when he assumed the position of senior fellow for resource development. As senior fellow, Mr. Ridenour was responsible for leading the effort to restructure higher education in the Commonwealth on behalf of Virginia Tech. In 2005, Mr. Ridenour retired from full-time service but continues his involvement with Virginia Tech by working with graduate students. Mr. Ridenour and his graduate-student team provided support to the Governor’s Commission for Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment. Mr. Ridenour continues to teach graduate-level courses in financial management for governmental and nonprofit entities.

    Mr. Ridenour attended the University of Tennessee where he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and retailing and his master’s degree in higher education administration with a focus in finance.

    He was employed in marketing, research and planning with the First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also held positions as data analyst, research associate, coordinator and director of the Office of Institutional Research at The University of Tennessee.

    Mr. Ridenour has been extremely active in service to his community and the Commonwealth serving as president of the Greater Blacksburg Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Hollins University Board of Trustees, and a member of the Governor's Block Grant Advisory Committee. He has also served in various capacities for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). In 2001, he received the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officers Award.

    In addition to being involved in community activities, Mr. Ridenour and his wife, Louise Leitch Ridenour, devote considerable time to volunteer work and mission efforts through the United Methodist Church, especially in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.


  • Tom Slater

    Tom SlaterAppointed: July 1, 2016
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2020

    Thomas G. Slater Jr., of Richmond, is an attorney who serves as chair emeritus for litigation, labor and competition practices at Hunton & Williams. He has over 30 years' experience handling antitrust and competition trials, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for his antitrust and corporate litigation experience since 1991. His work focuses on complex antitrust, intellectual property, franchise, and unfair trade practice disputes, as well as white-collar criminal defense representations. 

    Slater has handled more than 70 jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has been admitted pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions, including California, Delaware, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Indiana and South Dakota. 

    A member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Tom is admitted to practice before the Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and U.S. Supreme Court. He has been active in bar and community activities and is a past president of the Richmond Bar Association and a former member of the Virginia State Bar Executive Committee. He is a member of the American Bar Foundation, the Virginia Law Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

    Tom is a 1966 Virginia Military Institute graduate with a degree in history. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s law school, receiving his LLB in 1969. In 2003, he was appointed to the VMI board of visitors and was its president from July 2008 through June 2011. He is currently a member of the Virginia Military Institute Foundation Endowment Campaign Committee.

    He has served as chairman, Virginia Historical Society, 2011-2013; Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Board of Directors; Legal Aid Justice Center Board of Directors; Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation; director, John Marshall Foundation; and vestry member, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. 

    He and his wife, the former Martha (Scottie) Newell, have five children and nine grandchildren. Residents of Richmond, they also own Rose Hill Farm in Upperville, Virginia, which has been in Mr. Slater’s family since the 1840s.
     

  • Katharine M. Webb

    WebbAppointed: July 1, 2015
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2019

    Katharine M. Webb has worked in health care for over 42 years. The majority of her career she served as senior vice president of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Prior to her service at VHHA, she worked at the Virginia Department of Health and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Virginia Medical Center.

    Among her many accomplishments, she played an integral role in making health care available for more Virginia children; she worked hard to ensure that opportunities for health care careers were available for all Virginians; worked to ensure transparency of health care information is available through the Patient Level and All-Payer Claims Database; and worked hard to improve the safety and quality of care delivered to patients in Virginia hospitals.

    Mrs. Webb previously served on the SCHEV Board as a member and secretary from 2009-2013. Her additional current and past community activities include service on the St. Paul’s Church Property Committee and every Member Canvas Community; Rx Partnership Board member and treasurer; Senior Connections, board member and chairman; VCU Foundation, board member; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, former member of the advisory board; and the Virginia Public Access Project, where she served as board member and chairman.

    In addition to her community service, Mrs. Webb has received several recognitions and awards, including the 2012 Award of Excellence from the American College of Healthcare Executives, inaugural class of the Influential Women of Virginia in 2009; VHHA Meritorious Service Award in 2003, and VCU Alumni Star in 2001.

    Mrs. Webb matriculated at Sweet Briar College in American Studies and received her master’s in social work from VCU.

    She lives in Richmond with her husband, Gene. She has two grown children and is a blessed grandmother with two beautiful grandchildren.


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