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Sept. 9 and 10 meeting will be first for four new appointees to Virginia Tech Board of Visitors


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 7, 2012 – The Sept. 9 and 10 meeting will be the first for four new appointees to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Virginia residents Dr. Nancy V. Dye of Roanoke, William Day Fairchild III of Gainesville, B. Keith Fulton, of Glen Allen, and Dennis H. Treacy of Hanover are Gov. Bob McDonnell’s most recent appointees to the board. Their terms run until June 30, 2016.

Dye is vice president of Gastrointestinal Associates, a division of Physicians Care of Virginia P.C. A surgeon who earned her bachelor’s of biology and her medical degree with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she taught at the University of Virginia as a clinical instructor in surgery and maintained a private practice in Roanoke. 

Dye also co-founded Tri-Med Specialties Inc., a medical device research-and-development firm. Along with serving on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, she is on the Ferrum College Board of Trustees, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Directors, the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee, the Hargrave Military Academy Board of Trustees, the Military Family Support Center Board of Directors, and the commonwealth’s First Lady's Initiatives Team Effort Committee. Dye also chaired the 2012 Roanoke Symphony Ball.

Fairchild is retired chairman of R. W. Murray Co., a commercial general contractor based in Manassas. An alumnus of Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies, he earned his bachelor’s of building construction in 1976. Fairchild began his career with Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. in Richmond and joined R.W. Murray Co. in 1988. He is active in the construction industry, having served as national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. in 2008 and chairman of the organization’s Virginia chapter in 2001. 

He has also served as chairman of Construction Education Foundation of Virginia Inc. Fairchild is active in the community as well, having chaired the strategic planning committee of the Prince William Health System’s board of trustees and been president of the Prince William County Public Schools Education Foundation. He has served on the advisory board of the Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and in 2002 was inducted in the school of construction’s hall of fame.

Fulton is vice president for Verizon Communications’ Mid-Atlantic region and lead executive for Verizon Virginia. Prior to coming to Virginia he was president of Verizon West Virginia. Before joining Verizon, he was a senior policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Policy Analysis and Development, and he spent several years as vice president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation and as vice president for Time Warner’s Corporate Relations division.

Fulton has served on boards or committees for many organizations, including the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, the Virginia Business Council, and the National Urban League. He earned a bachelor’s in urban affairs and planning from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies and a professional certificate in management and policy analysis from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Fulton is a Sloan Fellow and earned a master’s degree in management and policy analysis from the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He also earned a juris doctorate – with a focus on electronic commerce, intellectual property, and telecommunications law – from New York Law School.

As executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods Inc., Treacy oversees and directs many areas within the company, including government affairs, corporate communications, sustainability initiatives, and the legal department. He also serves as the executive director of the Smithfield-Luter Foundation – the philanthropic wing of Smithfield Foods that funds education and growth opportunities in communities across the United States. 

Additionally, Treacy serves or has served on dozens of state and national boards and commissions. Prior to joining Smithfield Foods in 2002, he was director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Treacy also served as assistant attorney general in the natural-resources section of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. 

He is the 2010 Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., which he graduated from in 1983. Treacy earned his bachelor’s of fisheries and wildlife in 1978 from Virginia Tech, through a department that is now part of the university’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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.

Written by Charles George.