Ramsey Named President of VMI Board of Visitors
George P. “Pete” Ramsey III '72
LEXINGTON, Va., May 6, 2013 – George P. “Pete” Ramsey III, VMI Class of 1972, of Lynchburg, Va., was elected president of the VMI Board of Visitors at the board’s meeting today.
Ramsey’s term begins July 1, when he will take the place of Paul D. Fraim ’71, Mayor of the City of Norfolk. Fraim completes a two-year term as board president, and will continue as a member of the board for another year, when he completes his second term.
“Mayor Fraim has done a wonderful job as president of the board for the past two years,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, superintendent. “His insight, leadership, and wisdom have had a major impact on the achievement of the Institute’s objectives and has postured us for the future. I will miss him.”
“Mr. Ramsey brings extensive experience in business and service to this important position,” Peay added. “His love of VMI is evidenced by his long involvement in many activities related to the Institute.”
Ramsey is a partner in the Counts Realty & Auction Group, one of the largest full-service auction companies on the East Coast. Previously, he was president of Taylor Ramsey Corp., a lumber-products manufacturing company headquartered in Lynchburg. Since receiving his bachelor of science degree from VMI in 1972, Ramsey has continued his involvement with the Institute. He served on the Board of Governors of the VMI Keydet Club and was a member of the VMI Athletic Council. More recently, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation, three years as its president. He is currently a member of the VMI Foundation Investment Committee. An All Southern Conference and Honorable Mention All-American football player during his cadetship, Ramsey was inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
In addition to his service to VMI, Ramsey has served on the Board of Trustees and as chairman of the Board of the James River Day School, a private elementary day school. He has been a member of the Board of Advisers of the Lynchburg College School of Business and a member of the board of Junior Achievement of Lynchburg. He is a charter member of the Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission and was chairman of the Virginia Aviation Board, which advises the Governor of Virginia, his Secretary of Transportation, and the Director of Aviation on matters relating to aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He lives in Huddleston, Va., with his wife, Margaret.