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Contact:  Kathleen Kincheloe
(804) 786-2323
For Immediate Release

July 21, 2010

SCHEV Names New Council Leadership and Interim Director

RICHMOND — Members of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) named new leadership during their July business meeting, selecting Andrew B. Fogarty as the agency’s Interim Director. Members also elected Susan A. Magill of Alexandria as Chair, Gilbert T. Bland of Virginia Beach as Vice Chair, and G. Gilmer Minor III of Richmond as Secretary. They will lead the Council as it carries out its ongoing responsibilities as the coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education.

“I am honored to lead the Council as we work with higher education leaders across the Commonwealth to ensure that Virginia’s colleges and universities remain among the finest in the nation,” said Susan Magill, who was elected Chair following her year-long service as Council Vice Chair. “In these difficult economic times, it is imperative that legislators and citizens alike understand the importance of funding education initiatives so that college is within reach for all interested Virginians.”

Susan A. Magill is the Vice President for Advancement at George Washington’s Mount Vernon where she leads the development efforts of one of the nation’s oldest nonprofits. She was first appointed to the Council by Governor Kaine in July 2006 and was reappointed to a full four-year in July 2008. Previously, Ms. Magill served as Managing Director for Philanthropic Services and Government Relations for the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit that serves the public interest by advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life. Prior to joining Pew in 2006, Ms. Magill served as the Chief of Staff for United States Senator John Warner (R-VA) for more than 20 years. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Ms. Magill served on the College’s Board of Visitors from 1997 to June 2006, also chairing the search committee to select the institution’s 26th president. In addition to serving as Board Secretary and Vice Rector, Ms. Magill is only the second woman in the history of the College to serve as Rector.

Gilbert T. Bland is Chairman of Tymark Enterprises and has owned and operated over 70 restaurants in Virginia and elsewhere.  Mr. Bland is a charter member of the Burger King Diversity Action Council and has served on the Board of Directors for the Burger King National Franchise Association and the Southeast Pizza Hut Franchise Association.  Additionally, Mr. Bland was appointed to three 2-year terms for the national Burger King Marketing Advisory Council. Mr. Bland has received numerous awards for his community service including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements. Over the years, he has served on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University, as well as the Board of Trustees for the James Madison University Foundation and the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. Mr. Bland presently serves as Chairman of the NCP Community Development Federal Credit Union; President of the Burger King Minority Franchise Association; and board member of the Burger King Corporation National Franchise Association and The Hampton Roads Partnership. 

G. Gilmer Minor III is Chairman of Owens & Minor, Inc., an $8 billion, Fortune 200 national distributor of medical and surgical supplies, as well as a healthcare supply chain management company. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Advisory Board of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation.  Mr. Minor is a member of the Virginia Higher Education Business Council, and a former 8-year member of the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors, serving as President of the Board for the last 3 years. He was recognized as Virginia Industrialist of the Year in 2001 and inducted into the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame in 2003.  In 2004, Mr. Minor received the Virginia Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award and the B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award.  In 2008, the VMI Foundation awarded him their highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for service to the Virginia Military Institute.

Council members also selected an Interim Director, Andrew B. Fogarty, who will begin work at the agency on August 9, 2010. Both a former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Fogarty also served as Chief of Staff under former Virginia Governor Baliles from 1986-89. Dr. Fogarty most recently served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of CSX Corporation, one of the world's leading transportation companies providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. Prior to that, he held numerous positions at CSX, including President of CSX World Terminals and Senior/Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. Dr. Fogarty is a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee at Danaos Corporation. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in public financial management at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William and Mary. Dr. Fogarty earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University, a Master's of Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the State University of New York, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida State University.

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 Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

For more information, contact Kathleen Kincheloe, Assistant Director of Communications, at or 804-786-2323.