BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 25, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors will gather Aug. 28 and 29 at the university’s new research center in Arlington.
It will be the first quarterly gathering of Virginia Tech’s governing body since Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed three new voting members to it in July. His appointees are Cordel L. Faulk of Charlottesville, John C. Lee IV of Middleburg, and Deborah Martin Petrine of Hardy.
Three other non-voting representatives to the board – on behalf of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members, respectively – are also expected to join the board for the first time at this meeting in the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington. They are, respectively, Matthew Banfield of Williamsburg; Michelle McLeese of Blacksburg; and Bruce Pencek, an assistant professor and college librarian for the social sciences.
Faulk earned a bachelor’s in political science in from Virginia Tech in 1998. He earned a law degree in 2001 from the University of Virginia, where he has been director of admissions for the law school since October 2009, and formerly was director of communications, media, and research for the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Prior to that, Faulk was an editor and columnist for The Richmond Times Dispatch. While enrolled at Virginia Tech, he participated in the University Honors program. Faulk has served as an instructor and advisor for that program.
John C. Lee IV is chairman and chief executive officer of Lee Technologies, located in Fairfax. The company, which he founded in 1983, is nationally renowned for its expertise on data centers, including their design, construction, commissioning, staffing, operations, maintenance, and monitoring. Lee Technologies serves customers across industries including the federal government, financial services, telecommunications, information technology, and healthcare. On April 1, 2011, Schneider Electric, a Paris-based global specialist in energy management, acquired Lee Technologies. Lee, who continues to serve as chairman and CEO of the company he founded, earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from Randolph-Macon College.
Deborah Martin Petrine earned her bachelor’s in business administration from Virginia Tech in 1978. She is president and chief executive officer of CCR (Commonwealth Care of Roanoke Inc.), which owns and operates 11 long-term-care facilities in Virginia. Petrine founded the company in 2001. In 2009, she also became president of Longleaf Senior Living LLC, which managed 32 assisted living facilities in North Carolina. Petrine has served on the advisory board for the management department of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. She also has served on the advisory board for the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology. In 2005, Petrine received the Virginia Health Care Association’s James G. Dutton Award for lifetime achievement in the long-term-care field in the commonwealth. She is the recipient of Pamplin’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors is the governing body of the university. It is composed of 14 members, 13 of which are appointed by the governor and the 14th member is the president of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who serves ex-officio. The term of office for each member is four years.