This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2014
Contacts: 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.