Campaign Cabinet

The unique experiences of the cabinet members, their professional expertise, and their knowledge of the Institute are invaluable in developing the vision to guide the campaign.


The Campaign Cabinet (left to right):
John P. Jumper ’66; Thomas G. Slater Jr ’66; J. H. Binford Peay III ’62, Superintendent;
Donald M. Wilkinson Jr ’61, Chairman, Walter C. Perrin II ’62; William A. Paulette ’69;
James E. Rogers ’67, Vice Chairman; and Conrad M. Hall ’65, Vice Chairman.

A founder and former president and chairman of the board of the New York-based investment firm Wilkinson O'Grady. Mr. Wilkinson began actively serving VMI as a volunteer with VMI’s Sesquicentennial Challenge in the 1980s. From 1989 to 1997, he served on the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

From 2000 to 2005, he was the vice chairman of VMI’s latest capital campaign, Reveille: A Call to Excel. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the VMI Board of Visitors. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Jackson-Hope Fund and has been a member of its Board of Overseers since 2002.

In November 2010, the VMI Foundation presented him with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Rogers retired as the president of SCI Investors, Inc., a private equity investment firm, in 2011.  His long record of service to the Institute includes serving as the president of the VMI Foundation from 2000 to 2002 and as a member of the VMI Board of Visitors from 2004 to 2012. He has served on the Jackson-Hope Fund’s Board of Overseers from 2002 to the present.

Currently the Managing Director of Jamestown Capital, LLC, and formerly the president and CEO of Dominion Enterprises, a leading media and marketing information services company, Mr. Hall has actively supported VMI for many years. 

He was a trustee of the VMI Foundation from 1996 to 2004, and, from 2002 to 2004, the Foundation’s president.  He rejoined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2008, and he was the chairman of the VMI Investment Committee from 2008 to 2009. 

From 2009 to 2010, he was the chairman of VMI Investments, LLC. He was appointed to the Institute’s Board of Visitors in 2014.

General Jumper served in the U.S. Air Force for 39 years, closing his career as its 17th Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2005.  While in the Air Force, he often returned to Post, acting as the Air Force commissioning officer several times and speaking on numerous occasions, including the 2001 Institute Society Dinner. Joining the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2008, he was appointed to the Institute’s Board of Visitors in 2009.  

He is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Leidos, a Fortune 500 science and technology company, and serves on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Paulette is the founder and president of KBS, Inc., the largest locally owned construction firm in Central Virginia. He was a member of the VMI Board of Visitors from 2002 to 2010, and he served as one of the Board’s three vice presidents from 2008 to 2010. A strong supporter of VMI athletics, he has devoted many years to the VMI Keydet Club.

He served on its board from 1990 to 2002; he rejoined the Keydet Club after leaving the Board of Visitors and now is the organization’s president.

Like his father, David B. Perrin ’25, Mr. Perrin is strongly devoted to VMI. He was on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005, service that included a stint as a vice president from 2003 to 2005. He returned to the Board of Trustees in July 2006, and his fellow trustees elected him as president in 2008, a position in which he served for three years. 

He is a retired senior vice president for Atlanta, Georgia-based McKesson, a national healthcare supply distribution and technology company, and he is involved with alumni activities in the Atlanta area.

A partner in the Richmond, Virginia-based law firm, Hunton & Williams, Mr. Slater has a long record of service to VMI. A member of the Richmond chapter of the VMI Alumni Association since 1969, he was its president from 1978 to 1979. He was on the board of the VMI Alumni Association from 1975 to 1987 and its president from 1985 to 1987. Joining the VMI Foundation’s board in 1991, he was the organization’s president from 1996 to 1998.

He was a member of the Executive Committee of VMI’s previous capital campaign, Reveille: A Call to Excel.

In 2003, he joined the Institute’s Board of Visitors, and he served as its president from 2008 to 2011.  Mr. Slater received the Distinguished Service Award from the VMI Foundation in 2012.

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