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Miller Center Governing Council

The Miller Center is an integral part of the University of Virginia but with maximum autonomy within the University system. Under the Bylaws of the Miller Center, the Governing Council exercises oversight of the Center's work and mission. Former members of the Governing Council include Warren Burger, Howard Baker, and Brent Scowcroft.

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Eugene V. Fife

Eugene V. Fife, Chair, is a former partner at Goldman Sachs where he was chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a member of the Management Committee. He remains a Senior Director of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Fife is the founding principal of Vawter Capital LLC, a private equity firm in Charlottesville. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Cequel Corporation and of Accudyne Industries. He is a Senior Advisor to BC Partners. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Joseph R. Gladden, Jr.

Joseph R. Gladden, Jr., Vice Chair, is a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company. As executive vice president & general counsel at the time of his retirement from a 16-year career there, Mr. Gladden had responsibility for the worldwide legal function of the company. Before joining Coca-Cola in 1985, he spent 17 years with the law firm King & Spalding. An alumnus of the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Gladden has an LLB degree and is on the board of directors of Emory Healthcare and the University of Virginia Physicians Group. He and his wife Sally co-chair the Monticello Cabinet.

Steve Burns

Steve Burns is a senior partner at Quad-C Management, a middle-market private equity firm headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Since joining Quad-C in 1994, Burns has invested in the building products, business services, specialty chemicals, packaging, transportation/logistics, and food sectors. Prior to joining Quad-C, Burns worked in the Risk Arbitrage Group and Leveraged Capital Group at Paribas and the corporate development group at W.R. Grace. He graduated from Boston College with bachelor of science degree and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael P. Castine

Michael P. Castine is a partner at Ridgeway Partners, global advisory firm specializing in executive searches, board appointments and succession planning. He served previously on the National Security Council as Director of International Communication and as Deputy Director of the Office of Private Sector Initiatives under President Ronald Reagan. He also was an aide to Congressman Jack Kemp. He serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, The American Association of the Order of Malta, and Brunswick School.

Ann Compton

Ann Compton is a former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News. A distinguished and highly respected 40- year veteran of the White House press corps, she was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network. Her tenure stretched across seven presidents as well as innumerable life-changing and globe-altering events, including the end of the Cold War. During the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Ms. Compton was the only broadcaster allowed to remain on board Air Force One after President George W. Bush was advised not to return to Washington, DC.

Terrence D. Daniels

Terrence D. Daniels has been a partner with Quad-C Management, Inc., a private equity firm based in Charlottesville since its formation in 1989. Prior to founding Quad-C, he served as a vice chairman and director of W.R. Grace & Co. He also had operating responsibility for Grace's Specialty Chemical, Health Care, Retail and Restaurant, Natural Resource and Corporate Technical Groups. Mr. Daniels also served as chairman, president, and CEO of Western Publishing, and senior vice president for corporate development of Mattel. He holds a BA from U.Va. and an MBA from U.Va.’s Darden School of Business.

Joseph Erdman

Joseph Erdman is the owner and president of Albemarle Asset Management Ltd., which is based in both Florida and Virginia. Previously, Erdman was both the partner and chair of the Personal Planning Department for Proskauer Rose LLP, where he was an estate-planning lawyer for 20 years. Erdman also serves as co-trustee for The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Erdman is also co-chair of the Arts Trust Board, which encourages arts projects and lifts the arts at UVA to a higher level. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts degree and earned his JD from Fordham University.

Frances Fragos Townsend

Frances Fragos Townsend, an on-air national security analyst for CBS News, was President George W. Bush’s homeland security advisor from 2004 to 2008. She served as deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Currently, Townsend is an executive vice president for worldwide government, legal, and business affairs at MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. She serves on several government advisory and nonprofit boards and is on the board of the New York City Police Foundation, Business Executives for National Security, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex.

Claire W. Gargalli

Claire W. Gargalli is a retired corporate and international banking executive. She previously served as vice chairman and partner at Diversified Search Companies in Philadelphia, and as president, chief operating officer, and director of Equimark Corporation. Ms. Gargalli is a member of the boards of Baker Hughes, Inc., Praxair, Inc., and the U.Va. Heart and Vascular Center, and she is a trustee emeritus of Middlebury College and Carnegie Mellon University.

David R. Goode

David R. Goode is the retired chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation. Before joining Norfolk Southern in 1982, Mr. Goode spent 15 years at Norfolk & Western Railway, eventually becoming the director of taxation. He currently serves on the board of Delta Airlines and Russell Reynolds Associates and has been a director of Aeroquip Vickers, Caterpillar, Georgia Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Texas Instruments.

William H. Goodwin, Jr.

William H. Goodwin, Jr., ex officio, is retired chairman and president of CCA Industries, a diversified holding company that oversees The Jefferson Hotel, The Hermitage Hotel and Keswick Hall at Monticello. Prior to the company’s founding, he worked at IBM. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1962 and an MBA in 1966 from the Darden School of Business at U.Va. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Foundation and is Rector of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia.

Slade Gorton

Slade Gorton represented the state of Washington in the United States Senate from 1981 to 1987 and 1989 to 2001. During his tenure, he served on the Budget Committee; the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and Energy and Natural Resources. After leaving the Senate, Mr. Gorton joined the law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates), where he now serves as a consultant.

Alice W. Handy

Alice W. Handy is founder, president, and CEO of Investure, a money management firm for educational institutions with outsourced endowments. She spent 29 years with U.Va., beginning as its first investment officer, later becoming treasurer, and finally president of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO). She was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1988 to 1990. Ms. Handy is on the boards of Bessemer Securities Corporation and MSCI, Inc. and is an emeritus trustee and former chairman of the board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Jonathan J. Hirtle

Jonathan J. Hirtle is co-founder and CEO of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., a firm which pioneered investment outsourcing and the much-imitated “outsourced Chief Investment Officer” strategy. An avid outdoorsman, he served for seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned his BS and MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to founding Hirtle Callaghan, Mr. Hirtle worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. advising families and institutions on global investment strategy. His charitable and board work have included serving as a trustee of the Abbey Leadership Foundation and the Parents Committee of U.Va.

Frederick P. Hitz

Frederick P. Hitz has held positions with the CIA and the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy. Along with serving as a managing partner of the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt from 1982 to 1990, Mr. Hitz was appointed the CIA's first statutory Inspector General by George H.W. Bush. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and a senior lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University, and is the author ofThe Great Game: The Myths and Reality of Espionage and Why Spy? Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty.

Judith Richards Hope

Judith Richards Hope is distinguished visitor from practice and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She began her legal practice with the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly and, from 1981 through 2005, was a partner in and senior advisor to the international law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Mrs. Hope has held faculty appointments at Harvard Law School, the University of Richmond, and Pepperdine University. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Law School.

Richard R. Kreitler

Richard is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and George Washington University (MA US Diplomatic History).  He taught for a year, then went into the investment business.  After leaving Goldman Sachs in 1980, Kreitler founded and managed Dakota Partners, a hedge fund, until 1993 when he came to live in Charlottesville.  After retiring from the investment business, he founded and built RedStick Golf Club in Vero Beach, Florida in 2000.  He has served on the Miller Center Board since 2005.

Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer, known to millions of Americans as co-host of the "PBS NewsHour" and the moderator of dozens of presidential and vice-presidential debates, began his career as a newspaper reporter at The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times-Herald. Lehrer's newspaper career led him to public television, first in Dallas, as KERA-TV's executive director of public affairs, and then in Washington, D.C. where he served as the public affairs coordinator for PBS. "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" won more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence. In 1983, Lehrer and co-host Robert MacNeil launched their most ambitious undertaking, "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour." In 2009, the title changed to “PBS NewsHour” to reflect the program’s expanded role as the hub of news and public affairs programming on PBS both online and on the air.

H. Eugene Lockhart, Jr.

H. Eugene Lockhart, Jr. serves as a senior adviser to General Atlantic, a leading global growth investment firm. Lockhart has held executive leadership positions at some of the largest financial services companies in the world. He served as president and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide, where he led its transition to a for-profit enterprise. Subsequently, he worked as president of the Global Retail Bank at Bank of America, leading all of the bank's retail and commercial banking businesses globally until its sale to NationsBank. opportunities. Over the last 15 years, he has also been a successful private investor and advisor to several private equity firms.

Dave Martel

David W. Martel, ex-officio, is Vice President for Communications and Chief Communications Officer at U.Va. and serves as the designee of University President Teresa A. Sullivan on the Miller Center’s Governing Council. As CCO, Martel oversees the Office of University Communications, which includes a team of 24 professionals within media relations, community relations, strategic communications, Web communications, audio and visual communications, and marketing. He was previously director of media communications at the University of Connecticut, and has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communication, media relations, marketing and branding.

Alan Murray

Alan Murray is editor at Fortune. He was formerly president of the Pew Research Center, and before that, was deputy managing editor and executive editor, online at The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Murray spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief, during which time the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes; and he subsequently served as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, co-hosting “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” He is the author of four books, including Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. He is a member of the Gridiron Club and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Murray received his BA from the University of North Carolina, and his MA at the London School of Economics.  

L. F. Payne Jr.

L. F. Payne Jr. is a businessman who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 until 1997, representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Highly regarded by both political parties, he was a founder of the Congressional Blue Dogs, a coalition of moderate and conservative Democratic members of Congress. He is president at McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, and prior to his congressional service was a licensed professional engineer at Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company and builder of the Wintergreen Resort community, where he served as chairman and president of Wintergreen Development Inc. Payne served on the UVA Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2011. He is currently chairman of the UVA Foundation Board (2011 to present), and has served on the UVA Curry School Foundation Board, the Darden School Foundation Board, and the Governing Board of the UVA Medical Center.

J. Ridgely Porter III

J. Ridgely Porter III is an attorney and a former partner with the firm of Carr & Porter, with practice areas in real estate, maritime and international law. He is a former President of Virginia International Terminals, a former Chairman of Chesapeake Hospital Authority, and a former President and current Director of the National Society of the James Madison Family Descendants. He serves on the Boards of the French Alliance and the Boy’s & Girl’s Club. Mr. Porter received his BA (History) from the University of Virginia and his JD from Washington and Lee University.

Jon W. Rotenstreich

Jon W. Rotenstreich is a financial consultant and private investor through his own firm, Rotenstreich Family Partners, LLC. He is a founding partner of Bayer Properties. During his career, Rotenstreich has served as chairman and CEO of TIG Holdings Inc.; president and director of Torchmark Corporation; and president, CEO and director of Waddell & Reed Financial. He has also served as vice president and treasurer of IBM. He was a general partner of Salomon Brothers, and a managing director at the firm’s incorporation.

Leonard W. Sandridge

Leonard W. Sandridge, ex-officio, is former executive vice president and COO of U.Va. He serves as designee on the Miller Center’s Governing Council of University Rector William H. Goodwin, Jr. Mr. Sandridge joined the university in 1967 as a member of the internal audit staff and served the next 44 years in positions of progressive responsibility under five university presidents. He received his BS from the University of Richmond and MS from U.Va. He is a member of the board of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and a trustee of the University of Richmond. He also serves on the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments. 

Frederic W. Scott, Jr.

Frederic W. Scott, Jr. is a retired purebred beef cattleman and private venture capitalist. He served as a Sergeant in the Marines and subsequently became a life-long aviator, flying Veterans' Airlift Command and Angel Flights. He is a member of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Governing Board, where he founded the Ballyshannon Fund and leads the Fund Advisors. He also serves on the Board of Bossov Ballet in Maine. Long interested in encouraging civil political discourse, Mr. Scott is a member of the Board of Directors at the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership. He was the original lead sponsor of the Miller Center's National Discussion and Debate Series. His mother, Elizabeth P. Scott, was a founding board member of the Miller Center, and his father's cousin, Ambassador Fritz Nolting, its first Director.

Teresa A. Sullivan

Teresa A. Sullivan, ex-officio, became the eighth president of the University of Virginia on August 1, 2010. Before joining the University, she served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan from 2006 to 2010. Dr. Sullivan also served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System from 2002 to 2006. She has held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas Law School. A graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, Dr. Sullivan received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Elsie W. Thompson

Elsie Wilson Thompson is a graduate of Radcliffe College and U.Va. Law School, where she also coached the U.Va. Women's Crew for its first two racing seasons. She practiced antitrust, mining and corporate law in New York and Houston before returning with her family to Charlottesville. She is a founding director and past president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, director and past president of Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater, co-vice chair of U.Va.’s Fralin Museum Advisory Board, a director of the Foundation of the Virginia State Arboretum, and co-chair of the Harvard Club of Charlottesville.  

Jeffrey C. Walker

Jeffrey C. Walker is ex-chairman and CEO of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity group with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. He was previously also vice chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co. and chairman of the JPMorgan Foundation. Before co-founding JPMorgan Partners in 1984, he worked in the Investment Banking and Finance Divisions of Chemical Bank and the Audit and Consulting Divisions of Arthur Young & Co. Mr. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. He graduated with a BS from U.Va. and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Suzanne S. Whitmore

Suzanne S. Whitmore serves on the Hollins University Board of Trustees, where she was board chair from 2010 to 2012. She is also a Regent at the George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which includes historic Kenmore as well as George Washington's Ferry Farm, and a Board member of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Her previous board activities include the Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), the Nature Conservancy (DC/MD), Washington and Jefferson College, (Washington, PA), The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the Greenwich Library (Greenwich, CT). Mrs. Whitmore holds a BA in Political Science from Hollins.

Miller Center Staff

Anne Carter Mulligan, Corporate Secretary