John William Boland '73
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2013
John William “Bill” Boland graduated from VMI in 1973 with a B.A. in History. He received his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Richmond, where he served on the Law Review.
While at VMI, Mr. Boland earned monograms in football and graduated as a first class private. Following graduation, he taught U.S. Government and U.S. History at Harrisonburg High School where he coached football, wrestling, and baseball.
Mr. Boland began private law practice in 1984 with McGuireWoods LLP. He became a partner in 1992 and is now Chairman of McGuireWoods’ Business and Securities Litigation Department. He has served on the firm’s Strategic Planning and Advisory Committees, as well as serving as Pro Bono Partner.
Mr. Boland served on the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s Board of Directors for approximately 20 years, serving as president in 2002-2003. He co-founded Rebuilding Richmond Together (improving owner-occupied housing for elderly) and served on its Board and as President for many years. He chaired the board of editors of the Journal of Civil Litigation and the commercial litigation section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.
Chambers USA and Woodward/White, Inc. have recognized him as a leading lawyer in business and commercial litigation.
Mr. Boland is married to the former Judith V. Stovall, his VMI sweetheart, of Harrisonburg, Virginia. They have three children and four grandchildren.
George J. Collins '62
Miami Beach, Florida
Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2012
Mr. George J. Collins is the current Managing Partner of Collins Capital Investors Trust LL, LP located in Florida. Prior to his current role, Mr. Collins served as Chairman, President, and CEO for T. Rowe Price Associates from 1984-1997. Before ascending to the role of CEO, he served as a director of the firm and created the fixed-income division in 1971. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, he worked as a Senior Security Analyst for United States Fidelity & Guaranty. Upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1962, Mr. Collins commissioned and served in the United States Air Force until 1967, serving as a Squadron Commander at the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was raised in West Haven Connecticut where he attended Notre Dame High School.
While attending VMI, Mr. Collins was a star athlete and was later inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame for his significant achievements in NCAA Swimming. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, an MBA with distinction from American University (1970) and completed the Stanford University Executive program in 1982.
Mr. Collins currently serves on the Baltimore National Seaport Advisory Board. He is a past trustee with VMI Investment Holdings LLC, has served as the Chairman of the Board for The American University, and also Chairman of the World Trade Center Institute. He was also on the boards of Loyola College in Baltimore, Living Classrooms Foundation, Stanford University School of Business, Morgan State Business School, and the Maryland Academy of Sciences. His extensive community involvement includes service with the YMCA of Greater Baltimore, Associated Catholic Charities, Honorary Chairman for the Leukemia Cup (1995-1997), South Baltimore Learning Center (1998), Annapolis Hospice Cup (1998), and Stadium Place (2000-2001). Additionally, he has served as the chairman, Baltimore City Task Force on Homelessness (1999-2000).
His extensive awards include the Catholic Charities Distinguished Service Award, American University Alumni Achievement Award, International YMCA Distinguished Service Award, medallion of honor from the Virginians in Maryland, Business Leader of the Year – Loyola College, Baltimore, SAMA Medal—Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in addition to a number of awards, trophies and accolades received as a yachtsman. Mr. Collins is the Founder, Skipper and Syndicate Head of Chessie Racing with the Whitbread 60 Yacht Racing Team and participated in the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race.
George Collins and his wife, Maureen, reside in Miami Beach, Florida. They have three children.
Conrad M. Hall '65
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2014
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Hall joined Landmark Communications, Inc. in September 1970 after having worked for the company as a summer intern in 1969. He began in broadcasting at WTAR-TV and Radio, then joined the Landmark corporate staff in 1971 as a financial analyst. He was promoted to director of management information in 1973 and was named treasurer in 1975.
In 1977, Mr. Hall joined The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star division of Landmark as vice president and business manager, and later became vice president and circulation director. He then was appointed vice president for operations. In 1981, he rejoined the Landmark corporate staff as vice president for human resources and was subsequently named executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1985. In 1989, he was named the president of the newly formed Landmark Target Media, Inc.
On April 1, 1991, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Trader Publishing Company. In September of 2006, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Enterprises, a new company formed from a reorganization of Trader. Dominion Enterprises, headquartered in Norfolk, VA, is a leading media and information services company serving employment, automotive, real estate, marine, recreation, and industrial markets in the United States. The company has over 40 market-leading websites reaching over eight million monthly visitors, magazine publications with combined weekly circulation of nearly six million, with 6,600 employees nationwide.
Mr. Hall currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landmark Communications, Inc., ACCESS where he serves as secretary and treasurer, the Greater Norfolk Corporation, The Norfolk Academy, and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. He is a Past President of the VMI Foundation, Inc. where he also served as Trustee and Chairman of the VMI Investment Committee. Mr. Hall also served on the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University from 2003 to 2011 and was a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee.
Mr. Hall’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of the University of Virginia. He served as an artillery officer in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.
Mr. Hall and his wife, Peggy, reside in Norfolk, Virginia. They have two sons, Mercer and Cosby.
Richard K. Hines, V '66
Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2014
Richard K. Hines, V was graduated from VMI in 1966 with a B.A. in English. He received his J.D. in 1972 from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
Mr. Hines is the fourth generation of his family to have attended VMI. His great-grandfather was the class of 1871, his grandfather the class of 1894, and his father the class of 1926. Prior to being appointed to the Board of Visitors, Mr. Hines served on the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation from 2011-2014. While at VMI, Mr. Hines served as the editor-in-chief of The Bomb and, together with his twin brother, helped found Sounding Brass. He won his monogram in tennis, having played number one on the team for all three years of his eligibility and served as team captain both his Second and First Class years. He was a cadet lieutenant, was Chairman of the ’66 Ring Figure Committee, was a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Order Beta Commission upon graduation. Following graduation, he served as an armor officer along the DMZ in Korea as the scout platoon leader and a company commander, and following the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo, he was made the tank battalion's operations officer as a first lieutenant.
Mr. Hines is a senior litigation partner with the Atlanta office of the regional law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. He practices in the areas of complex litigation involving product liability, mass tort and toxic torts, franchisor, and business related disputes. He has tried cases to verdict throughout the United States and has been selected to be listed by the National Law Journal in the top five defense verdicts in the country for a case he tried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He is currently selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America®; Georgia Super Lawyers; Top Lawyers - Litigation by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Group; and is also listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. He has served as President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (2004-2005) and was awarded its Distinguished Member Award (2013).
While climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, he met, and later married, the former Dorothy Anne Smith (“Wawa”). Between them, they have six children and 14 grandchildren. They are active in the Atlanta community where Mr. Hines serves on the Board of Crossroads Community Ministries, a service for the homeless of Atlanta, and Mrs. Hines has been actively involved on the Board of the Lovett School and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Lara Tyler Chambers ’03
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2015
Lara Tyler Chambers is founder and co-owner of Tyler Development Group LLC, an engineering and real estate development group, based in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Mrs. Chambers established Tyler Development Group in 2003. Since inception, Mrs. Chambers has developed the company to manage all aspects of the land development cycle; including re-zoning, land acquisition, plan development and design, project construction, and financial management.
During her cadetship she achieved the rank of Regimental Cadet Captain, serving as the Institute’s first S-7 responsible for cadet life and corps morale. She was also a Rat Challenge Instructor and a member of the Ranger Challenge Team. While a cadet, she also volunteered in multiple local and community events, such as the construction of residential homes for the Habitat for Humanity Charity. Mrs. Chambers is the third generation of her family to graduate from VMI.
Mrs. Chambers and her husband, Stuart, live in Manakin Sabot, Virginia, with their sons Cole and Ethan, and golden retriever Mya.
Brian R. Detter
In-state non-alumnus, appointed July 2015
Brian R. Detter serves as executive vice president of Artis, LLC, a research and development engineering firm in Herndon, Va. He has a diverse background involving business, marketing, defense, R&D and federal acquisition programmatics.
From August 2009-August 2012, he was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy. His portfolio, roughly $55 billion annually, included expeditionary systems for the Marine Corps and the Navy, such as ground combat vehicles, body armor, biometrics, counter-IED, and other systems; naval R&D programs; urgent needs; and naval logistics and sustainment. He also had lead for key joint programs during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including MRAP and joint counter radio-controlled IED (JCREW) programs. He served as a member of the Navy's Task Force Climate Change, set policy for the department’s Marine Mammals Program, and was responsible for the department’s annual S&T awards.
Before his work in the Pentagon, for 12 years he was president of Detter and Associates, LLC, a DC-area marketing firm. He worked on numerous Army and Air Force programs. From 1994-96, he served as special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, he worked to advance U.S. diplomatic and commercial interests. He later served in the legislative affairs division of the U.S. Agency for International Development, working on Near East regional programs.
He has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Senate, including for two U.S. senators, and the House of Representatives. His legislative work included appropriations, defense, foreign policy, and trade. He also served as a defense analyst for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively with the news media, as a press secretary, and as a journalist.
Mr. Detter serves on the board of trustees of the Code of Support Foundation, a military services organization. He also serves on the board of advisors of TriCor Industries, a Virginia-based IT services firm. He is a former member of the Army Science Board; he also served as a consultant to the board. He has served on annual science award panels for the Army and has worked closely with the Air Force and with NATO. He is active in his local community, and holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in journalism and political science.
Charles E. Dominy
In-state non-alumnus, appointed July 2016
Lt. Gen.(Ret.) Dominy currently serves as Government Affairs Consultant for IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.
Prior to joining IAP as VP of Government Affairs from July 2005-2014, he managed the Washington, D.C. Government Affairs office for the Halliburton Company, as well as Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), it's engineering, construction, and industrial business segment. He joined Halliburton after a 33-year distinguished career in the U.S. Army.
Lt. Gen. Dominy was directly involved in growing the government business of KBR, which became the Army's Largest Defense Contractor. He advised on mergers/acquisitions, business development, marketing, and overall strategy.
During his years of military service, Lt. Gen. Dominy served as Director of Army Staff. He acted on behalf of the Chief of Staff and coordinated the activities of all agencies reporting to the Chief of Staff. He served as Chief of Legislative Liaison for all Army activities related to the U.S. Congress, was Commanding General of the U.S. Army Missouri Engineer Division, Executive to the Secretary of the Army, and the District Engineer of the U.S. Army Savannah Engineer District.
Lt. Gen. Dominy's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), three Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Lt. Gen. Dominy earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois; B.S. United States Military Academy; Advanced Executive Management, Emory University; U.S. Army War College; Command & General Staff College; and Engineer Officer Basic & Advanced Courses.
Hugh M. Fain III ’80
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2017
Hugh M. Fain III graduated from VMI in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics, with distinction. During his time at VMI, he was vice president of his class, a prosecutor on the Honor Court, and played lacrosse. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
Mr. Fain is a member 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 the Virginia Bar Association. He was named to four categories in Best Lawyers in America, and he was placed on the “Legal Elite” list of Virginia Business magazine.
He is a past president of the VMI Club of Richmond, was the president of the VMI Alumni Association from July 2000 to July 2002, and served on the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. He was reappointed to a second term on the board in 2012 and served as president of the VMI Foundation from July 2014 to July 2017.
Mr. Fain and his wife, Renee, live in Richmond. They have three daughters, Joyce, Audrey and Sally.
Bruce C. Gottwald, Jr. '81
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2010
Bruce Gottwald Jr. has been Managing Director of Jonah, LLC, a private investment management company in Richmond, Virginia, since 1996. After graduating from VMI with a BA degree in History, Mr. Gottwald began his business career with the Ethyl Corporation as a marketing and financial analyst. In 1984 he earned an MBA from the College of William & Mary and started working with First Colony Life Insurance, an Ethyl subsidiary, in product development.
Concentrating his efforts with both corporations, he was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer of Ethyl and Chairman and CEO of First Colony in 1992. Over the next five years, he served on the Board of Directors for Ethyl Corporation, First Colony Corporation, Albemarle Corporation, Signet Banking Corporation, and Paragon Mutual Funds. He retired from First Colony in 1996 upon its sale to GE Capital and began his leadership of Jonah, LLC.
Mr. Gottwald currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Hempstead in Hope, Arkansas; and in 2007 was appointed to the Board of Southern Bridge Capital – Panama. Active in community affairs, he is a member of the Board of Directors Emeritus of the YMCA, and on the boards of Union Presbyterian Seminary and the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. He also serves as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church. He is past chairman of the Metro Richmond YMCA Capital Campaign, and a past board member of St. Catherine’s School and the Children’s Museum of Richmond.
With an avid interest in intercollegiate athletics, evidenced by his participation on the soccer and lacrosse teams during his cadetship, Mr. Gottwald served as President of the VMI Keydet Club, Inc., the Institute’s athletic fund-raising organization, from 1995–97. Until his appointment to the VMI Board of Visitors, he was a trustee of the VMI Foundation, and he serves on the Foundation’s investment group, VMI Holdings, LLC.
Mr. Gottwald is the proud Father of six children, Nancy (22), Caroline (20), Bruce III (18), Hays (16), Kimberly (12), and Lily (9).
Scot W. Marsh '81
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2016
He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1981, with a degree in Civil Engineering. As a cadet, he was as a Battalion Staff Officer and served as a member of the Honor Court. Upon graduation, he received a commission as a Combat Engineer in the Virginia National Guard’s 29th Division. He completed the Army Basic Engineer Officers Basic Course, the Engineers’ Sapper School, and Civil Affairs Officers Advance Course and graduated from the Army Parachute School.
After graduation from VMI, he served as an instructor on the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department for two years and taught Basic Engineering and Surveying at the Institute.
He is a Virginia Professional Land Surveyor and has over 30 years in practicing and teaching Land Surveying. He is the Presiding Partner of Marsh & Legge Land Surveyors, P.L.C., a professional company founded in 1995 specializing in Land Surveying services in support of engineering and architectural projects. The firm is located in Winchester, Virginia, and has a twenty-year history in maintaining the Land Surveying Contract for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Conservation and Recreation. The firm provides surveying services throughout the Commonwealth, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Mr. Marsh was appointed to the Planning Commission for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield National Park and took part in the drafting of the Park plan later adopted by the U. S. Congress to establish the Regional Historic District.
He is a member of the ASCE, NSPS, ACSM, and the Virginia Association of Surveyors.
In 1990, he was called to active duty for the Persian Gulf War as a Combat Engineer Captain assigned to a U. S. Army Civil Affairs Command and took part in the liberation of Kuwait City. For his combat service, he was awarded the Army Bronze Star Medal. He retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Major.
Mr. Marsh is married to the former Susan Willis of Newport News, a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a BS in Accounting. They have three children: Kate, a Registered Nurse and a graduate of the University of Virginia; Sally, a senior at James Madison University, and Ben, a recent high school graduate, who will this fall, begin his Rat year at the Virginia Military Institute. They reside in Frederick County, Virginia.
David L. Miller ‘70
Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2015
David L. Miller served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of acute hospitals. Miller retired on December 31, 2016, after 19 years of service to CHS. He continues as a retained consultant to CHS. Community Health Systems is one of the largest hospital systems in the United States with 137 hospitals in 22 states. While President and COO of CHS, Miller oversaw all aspects of the company’s operating divisions and was charged with managing strategic growth initiatives to achieve clinical, operational and financial excellence. In 2016, Community Health Systems recorded about $18 billion in net revenue and its affiliated hospitals provided care for approximately one million inpatient hospitalizations and five million Emergency Room visits. The company has 120,000 employees. Miller was instrumental in the company’s successful acquisition and integration of Triad Hospitals, which added approximately 50 hospitals to its portfolio in 2007 and Health Management Associates, which added approximately 70 hospitals in 2014.
Miller joined the management team at Community Health Systems in 1997. Prior to serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, he was President of Division I Operations and responsible for managing hospital operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He played an integral role in the company’s IPO and ultimate listing on the NYSE in June of 2000.
Miller’s distinguished career spans over four decades and includes executive leadership roles in three publicly traded healthcare companies. He began his career as Assistant Administrator of St. Luke’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, an affiliate of Humana, Inc. Over the next 20 years, Miller continued his service to Humana in roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of five Humana hospitals in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. A significant highlight of his Humana experience was serving as Administrator of University Hospital in Louisville in a first of its kind partnership of for-profit, academic, and government organizations. Miller was recognized numerous times in his Humana career for “outstanding performance.”
In 1994, Miller joined Health Management Associates as a hospital CEO and was subsequently promoted to a Division President and asked to lead that company’s five hospitals in North and South Carolina. He also received performance awards while working at HMA.
Miller is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also served as an advisor to the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund from 2012 through 2016. The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund invests in new companies delivering emerging technologies and new services in the health care sector of the economy.
Miller received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute in 1970. He was a cadet officer and member of the Honor Court. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities in 1970. He served on the Cadet newspaper staff his first class year and was the advertising manager for the BOMB. He made Dean’s list on several occasions.
Miller obtained his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia in 1972. While at the University of Virginia, he served as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization.
He received a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve in May of 1970. Following graduate school, Miller served briefly on active duty from July 1972 to October 1972. In March of 1982, Miller received an Honorable Discharge from the USAF reserve (inactive) with a rank of Captain.
Miller is a major benefactor of the Boys Home of Virginia in Covington, Virginia and the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He is also an avid supporter of the Children’s Home in Denton, Texas; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA; and, the Children’s Home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Miller has been married to Helen Bowles Miller, formerly of Goochland, Virginia, for forty-four years. They have two adult children, Kendall and Knight, and five grandchildren.
Honorable Joe R. Reeder
In-state non-alumnus, appointed July 2014
Joe R. Reeder's distinguished career as an attorney, whose clients have included countries, international corporations and law firms throughout the country, was highlighted with four years of public service as the 14th Under Secretary of the Army. In this number two post, he served essentially as the Army's COO, with specific responsibilities for long-range planning, material requirements, readiness, acquisition reform, international affairs, with a specific focus on NATO, Panama and Latin America. He also served for three years as Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission's Board of Directors where he oversaw a massive, multibillion-dollar infrastructure program. Joe also oversaw military support to local, state and federal agencies related to civilian law enforcement, civil disturbance, disaster relief, and emergency planning as Army Undersecretary. Joe also served on the five-member DOD Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) Council.
- LLM - Georgetown University Law Center, 1981
- J.D. - The University of Texas School of Law, 1975Chairman, Legal Research Board
- Editor, International Law Journal
Gene Scott '80
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2015
Gene has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 34 years with Fortune 100 Enterprise and Government customers. He is currently the President of the Central Virginia Track and Field Club of Richmond, a non-profit organization with the goal of assisting student athletes reach their full potential (the organization has assisted in gaining over $1.5M in track athletic scholarships). Prior to his retirement, Gene was the Director of Business Management and Technology for an IT Consulting Firm. He was responsible for maintaining and driving profitable growth with the focus on enterprise cloud, mobility, security and professional services.
Gene was also the Regional Vice President for Verizon Enterprise Solutions where he led a veteran sales organization for large public sector clients. His organization’s primary focus was to acquire new customers who wanted to extend their reach by connecting to a global IP cloud infrastructure and related services. Gene held sales leadership positions for several next generation start-up technology companies within the IT applications solutions, software and network integration industry as well as various Sales, Operations and Engineering positions within Verizon.
While a cadet, he was on the dean’s list and was a co-captain of the Southern Conference Championship track team. He was a conference long jump and two-time triple jump champion and record holder. He has previously served on the board of directors for the Henrico Education Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on educational achievement by creating community partnerships that secure resources essential for success in Henrico County Public Schools.
Gene is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Officer and holds a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Military Institute (a distinguished military graduate), a B.S. in Information Systems/Computer Science and a masters in Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Gene is married (32 years to Zymora) and they have two sons, Eric (a 2011 VMI graduate) and Tory.
Carl A. Strock '70
In-state alumnus, appointed July 2016
Lt. Gen. Strock recently retired in 2014 as a Principal Vice President of the Bechtel Corporation. During seven years with Bechtel, he was a Project Director, General Manager for Civil Infrastructure, and President of Bechtel Construction Operations, Inc.
Prior to joining Bechtel, he served in the Army for over 36 years, culminating as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chief of Engineers. Other command assignments include an operational detachment in the 5th Special Force Group; a mechanized infantry rifle company in the 1st Infantry Division; an airborne engineer battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division; a mechanized engineer brigade in the 3rd Infantry Division; and two Corps of Engineers divisions, Pacific Ocean and Northwestern.
His principal staff assignments were as Operations Officer, Assistant Division Engineer and Executive Officer, 307th Engineer Battalion; Senior Tactics Instructor in the British Royal School of Military Engineering; Assignment Officer, U.S. Army Personnel Command; Personnel Staff Officer on the Army Staff; Chief of Staff of the Army’s Engineer School; Director of Military Programs and Director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Deputy Director of Operations for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Legion of Merit (2), and the Bronze Star Medal (2). During his service, he earned the expert infantryman, master parachutist, special operations diver, and pathfinder badges and Special Forces and Ranger tabs. He has combat campaign credit for participation in Operations Urgent Fury in Grenada, Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
Lt. Gen. Strock holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Mississippi State University and was a Registered Professional Engineer.
He resides in Essex County, Virginia with his wife, Julie. General Strock and Julie have two sons, Chris (VMI ’97) and John (VMI ’98).
Thomas “Tom” Watjen '76
Key Largo, Florida
Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2017
Thomas “Tom” Watjen graduated from VMI in 1976 with a B.S. in Economics. He received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he is currently a Darden Fellow and occasional speaker. While at VMI, Mr. Watjen played on the school’s basketball team and was a 1st Class private.
Mr. Watjen retired in 2015 after serving for 12 years as president and chief executive officer of Unum, a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the workplace in both the U.S and U.K. Under Watjen’s leadership, Unum achieved strong, sustainable financial results, while expanding its market leadership position and building a culture of responsibility. The company received numerous awards including being named to the Forbes “100 Most Trustworthy Companies” list and “Best Places to Work,” and is one of the “Greenest Companies in America” according to Newsweek magazine.
Watjen joined Provident, a predecessor of Unum, in 1994 as executive vice president and chief financial officer and was later named vice chairman and director of Provident Companies Inc. Following the company’s merger with UNUM in 1999, he became executive vice president of finance and risk management for UnumProvident Corp. In 2002, Watjen was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer of the merged company and elected to its board of directors. In 2003, he was named the president and chief executive officer of UnumProvident, whose name was changed to Unum in 2007.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Banks in Atlanta, where he also serves as chairman of the audit committee, and Prudential plc in London. He had previously served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Unum Group.
He and his wife, Nanette, have two daughters.
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
Adjutant General of Virginia
In-state non-alumnus, appointed July 2014
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, a native of Richmond, Virginia graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science. A member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, he received his commission as a Field Artillery Officer and began his Army career assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Maj. Gen. Williams left active duty, returning to Blacksburg and joined the Virginia National Guard in 1990 and has since served in a series of key command and leadership positions that include Commander of the 329th Regional Support Group, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, and G4 Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia.
Maj. Gen. Williams was selected to serve as the Adjutant General of Virginia in May 2014. He is responsible for the combat readiness, administration and training of more than 9,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel. He is taking a leave of absence from his Department of the Army Civil Service career where he recently served as the Director of Training Support and Doctrine for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command.
Maj. Gen. Williams earned an MA in Management from Webster University in 1989 and an MS in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2006.
Maj. Gen. Williams resides in Hanover, Virginia with his wife Cheryl, a 1986 graduate of Virginia Tech. They have three children; Grace (and her Husband Joe and daughter Giuliana), Seth (and his wife Natalie), and Troy.
Lt. Gen. Frances C. Wilson, EdD, USMC (Ret)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
In-state non-alumnus, appointed July 2013
Dr. Fran Wilson is a past President, National Defense University (NDU). She is a veteran of nearly 37 years of service in the United States Marine Corps retiring as a Lt. Gen. in September 2009. As President of NDU, she was a member ex-officio of the Board of Directors, United States Institute of Peace. Prior to this assignment, she was the Commandant, Industrial College of the Armed Forces where she was recognized by the French Minister of Defense for her work with the French Center for Higher Education in Armaments (CHEAr). As a field grade officer, she served as a Company Officer, Brigade of Midshipmen and an assistant professor in the Professional Development Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. She commanded 4th Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and later commanded Camp H.M. Smith and Headquarters & Service Battalion, Marine Forces Pacific. During her tour as Secretary, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, she was selected for Brigadier General and assumed command of Marine Corps Base Quantico. Her next assignment was Commanding General, 3rd Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa. Before heading to the NDU campus, she was Director, Manpower Management Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Since retirement, she has been engaged in various activities with organizations in the Virginia Tidewater area. She is an appointed member of the City of Virginia Beach Mayor’s Military Economic Development Advisory Committee, and was appointed by the Governor and served two years on the Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees. She was Chairman, Board of Directors, USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, and Vice President, Board of Directors, Hampton Roads World Affairs Council. She was appointed by the Secretary as a member of the Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service in July 2012, serving as its Chair from Oct 2014 until the expiration of her term in July 2016. For her service, she was presented the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
She is a Michigan State University graduate, has earned four Master degrees, and holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. She has completed several military school curricula to include a Federal Executive Fellowship with the Brookings Institution. She has also completed the Harvard University’s JFK School of Government’s Senior Executive Course in National and International Security and Naval Post Graduate School’s Revolution in Business Practices.