FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2006
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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW TRUSTEES
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees. They are Lloyd U. Noland, III of Newport News; Thomas G. Slater, Jr. of Richmond; William B. Thalhimer, III, of Richmond; and F. Blair Wimbush of Norfolk. E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., president and CEO of E. C. Robins International, Inc. will serve as chairman of the board, and J. Stewart Bryan, III, of Media General, Inc., will serve as vice chairman. There are twenty-nine board members, who serve six years each on a staggered rotating basis.
Lloyd U. Noland, III, is chairman emeritus of Noland Company, and he has served as a member of its board of directors since 1979. Mr. Noland graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts and received an MBA at the Wharton School of Finance. He serves as a director of Wachovia Corporation, Woodberry Forest School, and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Mr. Noland is a former trustee and chairman of the Mariner's Museum and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. He is currently a member of the Virginia Business Council, the Liberty Mutual Advisory Board, and the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association.
Thomas G. Slater, Jr., is a partner and co-head of litigation for intellectual property and antitrust cases at Hunton & Williams in Richmond. Mr. Slater is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and received his LL.B. at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member the American, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Richmond Bar associations as well as the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Additionally, Mr. Slater is admitted to practice in the Fourth, Fifth, and District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2003, he was listed as the top litigator in Virginia Chambers and Partners USA Guide and voted one of Virginia's top three trial layers in an attorney survey conducted by Virginia Business magazine in 2002.
William B. Thalhimer, III, returns to the Virginia Historical Society board of trustees, having previously served from 1995 through 2000. Mr. Thalhimer, a Richmond native, graduated from the University of Georgia where he received his B.B.A. He later completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. His career with Thalhimer Brothers Incorporated, from 1968-1991, ranged from buyer to executive vice president and director of stores & visual presentation. He later served at the Virginia Landmark Corporation in commercial sales. He currently serves on the boards of directors for a number of institutions, including the William B. Thalhimer, Jr. & Family Foundation, the Children's Hospital, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, the Hebrew Cemetery, Hebrew Fund for the Aged, Beth Ahabah Foundation & Endowment Fund, the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia, and the Wake Forest University Parents Council.
Mr. F. Blair Wimbush is the vice president of real estate at Norfolk Southern. Born in Halifax County, Mr. Wimbush graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in political science and later earned a J.D. at the University of Virginia. He completed both the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Norfolk Southern Management Development Program at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He has a twenty-six-year history with Norfolk Southern that began as a summer associate in 1979. He has admissions to the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Fourth, Seventh, and Eighth circuits), and U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia. He is a member of the American, National, Virginia, Old Dominion, Norfolk-Portsmouth, and Twin City bar associations. Mr. Wimbush has served with many professional and civic associations, including the University of Virginia School of Law Business Advisory Council, the Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors, the Virginia Symphony, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, the American Red Cross, and the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts. He has received special recognition as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation, was listed as one of Virginia's Legal Elite for Civil Litigation, and appears in Who's Who Among Black Americans.
The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831 and elected John Marshall as its first president and James Madison as its first honorary member. Today, the VHS continues to serve the commonwealth as the official state historical society, an educational resource center for Virginia's social, political, and economic history, and a nationally renowned library for scholarly research.
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