(In-state alumnus, appointed July 2000, reappointed July 2004)
G. Gilmer Minor III, VMI Class of 1963, is chairman of Owens & Minor Inc., a $5 billion Fortune 500 distributor of medical and surgical supplies to hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. The Company operates 43 distribution centers across the country and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Minor has been with Owens & Minor, Inc., all of his working life. He served in various sales, operations and management capacities of increasing responsibility before becoming President in 1981, and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. He was elected Chairman of the Board in May, 1994. In April 1999, Mr. Minor relinquished the President title and in June 2005 retired as Chief Executive Officer. He remains Chairman of the Board of Owens & Minor, Inc and also serves on the Board of Directors of Sun Trust Banks, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.
Minor has been active in many civic and charitable organizations in Richmond and nationally. Mr. Minor received the United Negro College Fund’s Flame Bearer of Education Award in 1998. He was recognized as Virginia Industrialist of the Year in 2001 and inducted into the 2003 Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame. In 2004, Mr. Minor received the Virginia Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award and the B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award.
Minor holds a bachelor's degree in history from VMI and is a 1966 graduate of the University of Virginia's Colgate Darden School of Business Administration. He is past president of the VMI Foundation, Inc. and former member of the Keydet Club's Board of Governors. He is currently President of the VMI Board of Visitors.
While a cadet, he played football all four years of his cadetship and co-captained the 1962 Southern Conference championship team. In baseball, he was named all-conference catcher and co-captained the 1963 team. He served on the athletic council for two years and was president of the Monogram Club. He helped found the Pioneer Investment Club, served on the Ring Figure Committee and was a member of the Political Science Society.
Minor is married to the former Charlotte Major of Portsmouth, Virginia, and they have two grown children and three grandchildren. His son, Gilmer, graduated in the VMI Class of 1993. His recreational interests are baseball, reading and golf.