FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2009
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Virginia Historical Society Announces Three New Trustees
Investment Banker, Real Estate Developer, and Marketing Specialist Bring Variety of Expertise to the Board
Richmond, VA—At the first 2009 Virginia Historical Society (VHS) board meeting on January 21st, President and CEO Dr. Paul A. Levengood welcomed three new trustees. Conrad M. Hall, H. Hiter Harris, III, and E. Bryson Powell, who make up the class of 2014, join the Society's twenty current trustees. J. Stewart Bryan, III, chairman of the Media General Board of Directors, will continue to serve as chairman of the VHS board, and W. Taylor Reveley, III, president of the College of William and Mary, will serve as vice chairman.
"Non-profits turn to their trustees for fundraising expertise, but in these grim economic times, the VHS is looking at the much broader scope of talents of our board members," Levengood said. "With this new class of trustees, the Society is well positioned to take on the challenges that are sure to be ahead of us."
Conrad M. Hall has almost forty years of experience in the media industry. For the last twenty years, Hall served as president and CEO of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services company headquartered in Norfolk. Hall, who stepped down as head of Dominion Enterprises as of January 31st, is active in the community, serving on the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion University, the Board of Directors of Access College Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Greater Norfolk Corporation. Hall is also on the board of the Norfolk Academy, the Mariners' Museum, the Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters, and is past president of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Foundation, Inc. Hall graduated from VMI with a degree in engineering and earned his MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia. He also served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. Hall and his wife Peggy, who have two sons, reside in Norfolk. Hall will serve on the nominating, development, and finance committees of the VHS board.
H. Hiter Harris, III, is co-founder of Harris Williams & Co., a national investment banking firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Since the organization's founding in 1991, Harris has led Harris Williams & Co. to become one of the largest and most influential mergers and acquisitions boutiques in the country. Harris has served on the board of trustees at Hampden-Sydney College and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He has also worked with the St. Catherine's Foundation and the Chesapeake Academy Foundation, and accepted a governor-appointed position at the Virginia Resources Authority. Harris earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Harris lives in Richmond with his wife and three children. Harris will serve on the audit, finance, and development committees of the Society's board.
E. Bryson Powell serves as President of Midlothian Enterprises, Inc., a real estate development company that he formed in 1974. The firm has developed residential and commercial properties throughout the metropolitan region. Long active in business and civic affairs, Powell is a member and former chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He has chaired the boards of Collegiate Schools, Leadership Metro Richmond, the Public Affairs Group, Southside YMCA, and the United Way of Richmond's Children's Action Council. Powell serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood Cemetery and is a trustee of the Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering School Foundation. Powell, a Washington and Lee graduate, has two sons and lives in Henrico County with his wife. Powell will serve on the publications and education and the development committees of the VHS board.
Hall, Harris, and Powell replace the trustees whose terms ended in 2008: H. Furlong Baldwin, William W. Berry, Nancy H. Gottwald, Anne G. Rhodes, and E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. The Society was saddened by the recent death of Fredericksburg board member Anne W. Rowe. Her unexpired term will be filled.
"At the VHS, there has been a decades-long tradition of staff and board working closely together," Levengood added. "It is only with a strong team that non-profits can achieve their full potential."
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: Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm
and Sunday 1 pm–5p m (Museum Galleries and Shop only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit www.vahistorical.org.