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January 10, 2007
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Five New Trustees on Board at Virginia Historical Society
From lumber to law, newest members bring variety of expertise
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Trustees: Paul B. Barringer, II, Beverley E. Dalton, Roger L. Gregory, James W. Hazel, and Thomas G. Snead, Jr. There are twenty-five board members, who serve six-year, staggered terms. E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., president and CEO of E. C. Robins International, Inc., will continue to serve as chairman of the board, and J. Stewart Bryan, III, of Media General, Inc., will serve as vice chairman.
Mr. Paul B. Barringer, II, is a native of South Carolina with strong ties to Virginia. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and later graduated from the University of Virginia. Mr. Barringer is currently the chairman and CEO of Coastal Forest Resources Company in North Carolina. He has a long history in the lumber business—forty-six years at Coastal Lumber Company, the last thirty-one as president and CEO. Mr. Barringer also spent twenty-five years on the corporate board for BB&T. He has donated time on the Board of Trustees at University of Virginia and as former chairman of the Monticello Cabinet. He was appointed by President Reagan to the Task Force for International Private Enterprise. He and his wife have recently retired to Charlottesville.
Ms. Beverley E. Dalton of Altavista is Chair of the Board of W. C. English, Inc., construction company and a member of the town council in Altavista. A graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Ms. Dalton became the first woman to serve as chair of the Board of Trustees at Randolph-Macon College in 1993. She has been actively involved with a number of educational organizations in Virginia including Virginia Tech, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the Virginia Career Education Foundation. She also serves as a trustee of the W. C. English Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
The Honorable Roger L. Gregory currently lives in Richmond and is a graduate of Virginia State University. After receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan, Judge Gregory had a distinguished career as an attorney in Richmond first at Hunton & Williams and later as a founding partner of Wilder & Gregory with former governor and current Richmond mayor L. Douglas Wilder. In 2001 he was appointed by President Clinton to the Fourth Circuit bench and, after a re-nomination by George W. Bush, remains in that appointment to the present day. Gregory served on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society from 1988–94 and the Board of Directors of Poverty Law from 1990–92. He is currently on the boards of the Christian Children's Fund and the Historic Riverfront Foundation.
Mr. James W. Hazel holds a history degree from Harvard College and a law degree from George Mason University. He is currently a partner of Angler Companies in Manassas and served as a senior policy advisor to Governor Mark Warner. He serves as a board member of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia 21, Virginia Free, and the George Mason University Foundation. He is also on the Advisory Board of Inova Hospital and chairman of Leadership for Virginia. A native of Arlington, Mr. Hazel currently resides in Oakton, Virginia.
Mr. Thomas G. Snead, Jr., of Richmond graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. After serving as financial executive for firms in central Virginia, he joined Trigon Healthcare, Inc., and became chairman of the board. He later served as president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s southeast region and recently retired as president and CEO of the southeast region for WellPoint, Inc. He serves on the boards of Virginia Health Care Foundation, Johns Hopkins Medicine, LandAmerica Corporation, and VCU.
The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831 and elected John Marshall as its first president and James Madison as an honorary member at its first meeting. Most recently, David McCullough, distinguished author and historian, was elected as an 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.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience,
a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
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