Paul D. Fraim '71

(In-state alumnus, appointed July 2006, reappointed July 2010) 

Paul D. Fraim '71Paul D. Fraim graduated from VMI with a B.A. in English in 1971. He received a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in 1973 and received a J.D. from the University of Richmond Law School in 1977.

While at VMI, Fraim was on the Dean’s List, co-captain of the football team, president of the Monogram Club and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American College and Universities.

He began private practice in May 1977, and is presently president of the law firm of Fraim & Fiorella, PC. He is chairman of the TowneBank Norfolk Board of Directors.

A member of Norfolk City Council since 1986, Fraim has served as Mayor since July 1, 1994. He was elected to a new four-year term as Mayor beginning July 1, 2010.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Partnership and he is currently a member of and has twice chaired the Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Norfolk Division, the Kiwanis Club of Ocean View, the Norfolk Sports Club, and the Navy League. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

He has been a member of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission since 1990 and formerly served as chairman. He is a former chairman of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is past co-chair of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of the Greater Norfolk Corporation. He is former chairman of the Norfolk Electoral Board and the Norfolk Highway Safety Commission. He is the former chair of the USS Wisconsin Foundation, is a member of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, and is on the Board of the National Maritime Center. He is a trustee of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation.

He coached football at both the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond.

Fraim is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He is a member of and has served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Bar Association, and he is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.

He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Peer of Woodstock, Virginia and they have four children.