For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2014
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-887-9147
Governor McAuliffe Announces Appointments to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments
RICHMOND – While speaking at today’s Charter Day Celebration at the College of William and Mary, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his appointments to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments today. The appointees will work with the Governor to choose the best leaders for Virginia’s colleges and universities.
Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments
Dr. Charles Steger
When Dr. Charles Steger completes his tenure as President of Virginia Tech on June 1st, he will join the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments. Dr. Steger has held the position of President of Virginia Tech for 13 years, where he has helped grow the university and solidify its position as a leading institution of higher education in Virginia and across the globe. Prior to becoming President, Dr. Steger served in a range of positions including Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and Vice President for Development and University Relations. He is chairman of the Council of Presidents of Virginia Colleges and Universities and has been appointed by five Governors of Virginia to various boards dealing with higher education, homeland security, information technology, and international education. Steger received his Bachelor of Architecture degree, Master of Architecture degree, and Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Eva Teig Hardy
Eva Teig Hardy retired as executive vice president of Public Policy and Corporate Communications at Dominion Resources in 2008 after 20 years as an executive with the company. She currently serves as a consultant to the Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion. A native of Egypt, Hardy immigrated to Portsmouth, Virginia with her family when she was 13 years old. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hood College in Frederick, MD and a master’s degree in government and public administration from the American University, Washington, DC. In addition to her private-sector experience, Hardy spent 17 years in local and state government, serving in several positions with the City of Portsmouth, Virginia from 1972 to 1981. She became Commissioner of Labor for Virginia in 1983, and served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources from 1986 to 1990 in the administration of Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles. She served as Interim State Director for US Senator Mark R. Warner in 2009. She has served as Vice Chair of the State Council of Higher Education and on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Hood College.
Joni L. Ivey
Joni L. Ivey serves as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a position she has held since 1994. Prior to 1994, Ms. Ivey was Representative Scott’s Legislative Assistant in the Virginia General Assembly. This year marks her 37th year with Congressman Scott. Active in the community for more than 3 decades, Ms. Ivey was the first woman to be elected President of the Newport News Branch NAACP. She is a member of the Hampton Links and the Junior League of Hampton Roads. Ms. Ivey is a native of Newport News, a graduate of George Washington Carver High School and Norfolk State University.
Leonard W. Sandridge, Jr.
In July 2011, Leonard Sandridge retired as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University of Virginia, having served the university for 44 years. From July 2011 until January 2014, he served as special advisor to the President of the University of Virginia. Leonard joined UVa in 1967 as a member of the internal audit staff and held various administrative and finance positions prior to being named executive vice president in 1993. In 1999, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer. A native of Crozet, Virginia, Leonard served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 and from 1966 to 1984 he was an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. Since July 2012, he has served as a senior advisor to the UVa Board of Visitors. Leonard received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in 1964 and his master’s degree. from the University of Virginia in 1974.
Jeffrey B. Trammell
Jeffrey Trammell served as Rector of the College of William & Mary from 2011 to 2013. He served on William & Mary’s Board of Visitors from 2005 to 2013, where he chaired the Strategic Initiatives Committee, which developed a new long-term plan for the College. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and the Board of Advisors, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Medical School. Trammell was the founding chair of the board of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at William and Mary. In his non-academic activities, Jeff Trammell is president and founder of Trammell and Company, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., which advises corporations on external affairs. Previously, Trammell served as Senior Managing Director of Public Affairs at Hill & Knowlton, a worldwide communications firm for twelve years. Trammell worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as counsel to the chair of the subcommittee on health and the environment. Trammell received a bachelor’s degree in History in 1973 from the College of William and Mary and a juris doctor in 1977 from Florida State University.