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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

July 01, 2005

Governor Warner Appoints Four Members to the State Council of Higher Education

RICHMOND —Daniel LaVista, Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), today announced Governor Warner’s appointment of four members to the Council.

The new appointees are Daniel R. Abramson of Alexandria, Whittington W. Clement of Richmond, and Eva S. Hardy of Richmond. Margaret G. Lewis of Midlothian has been reappointed to a second term.

"These individuals are welcome additions to the Council during this historic time in Virginia higher education," says LaVista. "Each is a knowledgeable leader in their respective fields with insight valuable both to SCHEV and to the Commonwealth."

Daniel R. Abramson is the President and CEO of Abramson Properties, a real estate development firm specializing in acquiring property and establishing financing arrangements for urban construction projects in Virginia and Washington D.C. Abramson, who served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Navy, will replace Edward Murphy.

Whittington W. Clement served as Virginia Secretary of Transportation from 2002 to 2005. He is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and is currently a partner at Hunton and Williams LLP, where he focuses on government relations. Clement, who is past president of the Virginia Bar Association, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Virginia, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He succeeds Delceno Miles to the Council.

Eva S. Hardy is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Corporate Communication at Dominion. In addition to her work experience in the private sector, Hardy has spent 17 years in local and state government, including serving as Secretary of Health and Human Resources from 1986 to 1990. Hardy, who replaces Carl Kelly, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hood College and a Master’s degree in Government and Public Administration from The American University.

Margaret G. Lewis is the President of the Central Atlantic Division for HCA, a provider of health care services. She is responsible for the operation of 18 hospitals and six outpatient surgery centers in Virginia, West Virginia, and New Hampshire. In 2004, she served as the Corporate Chairperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lewis, whom Governor Warner reappointed to the Council, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s in Business Administration from Averett College.

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at or (804)225-2627.