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VMI Foundation Announces New Leaders

The VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees has chosen the organization’s leaders for Fiscal Year 2015. Hugh M. Fain III ’80 will become the President. T. Bryan Barton ’68 will be Vice President-Fundraising, and Steven E. Hupp ’84 will serve as the Vice President-Administration.
A native of Richmond, Mr. Fain is the son of the late Hugh M. Fain, Jr. ‘49C. He is the managing director of Spotts Fain, a law firm in Richmond, Virginia, which focuses on advising, counseling, and representing businesses with interests in Virginia and beyond. He is a past President of the Richmond Bar Association, and is Immediate Past President of the Virginia Bar Association.
He is a past president of the VMI Club of Richmond, and he was the president of the VMI Alumni Association from 2000 to 2002. He served as a trustee of the VMI Foundation from 2005 to 2011, during which time he served on numerous committees and was a member of the Executive Committee. He returned to the Board in 2012 and was chosen to be the organization’s Vice President-Development.
T. Bryan Barton ’68 is a retired Vice President and Partner with IBM Corporation’s Global Business Services organization. With the exception of service in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, he was with IBM his entire professional career. During this time, he held a variety of management positions in sales, marketing, product development, consulting, and professional services.
Joining the Board in 2008, Mr. Barton has served on a number of committees, including the Fundraising and Stewardship Committee and the Nominating and Awards Committee of which he was the chairman from 2010 to 2014. He has been a member of the VMI Foundation’s Executive Committee since 2010.
Steven E. Hupp ’84 currently is the Corporate Secretary of Estes Express Lines, his family’s business where he has worked since 1987. After graduation, he worked at the Virginia State Corporation Commission for three years. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve for thirteen years. The son of H. Thomas Hupp ’44, he has a son in the Corps, Stephen E. Hupp, Jr. ’16.
As a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006, Mr. Hupp has been a member of numerous committees, including Fundraising and Stewardship, Nominating and Awards, Property Management and Gift Acceptance, and Finance. In 2011, he became chairman of the Property Management and Gift Acceptance Committee as well as a member of the Executive Committee.
“These are three excellent new leaders for the Foundation,” said Walton M. Jeffress, Jr. ’68, the current President of the VMI Foundation. “All of them have been leaders in their respective career fields and have extensive records of professional accomplishment. Just as important, they are dedicated servants of the Foundation and the Institute. I am sure that, under their leadership, the Foundation will continue its strong partnership with the Institute and the other alumni agencies.”