Bruce C. Gottwald '54
Widely recognized for his leadership in business and civic affairs in Virginia, Bruce C. Gottwald currently is the chairman of the board of New Market Corporation, a position he has held since 2004 when the corporation was formed. Previously, Gottwald was chairman of the board of Ethyl Corporation and chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Ethyl Corporation from 1992 to 2001.
A member of the VMI Class of 1954, Gottwald has served VMI extensively as a member of the VMI Board of Visitors for three terms from 1978 to 1982 and from 1995 to 2003, serving as president from 1998 to 2001. He served on the VMI Keydet Club’s Board of Governors from 1960 to 1973 and was the organization’s president from 1971 to 1973.
From 1985 to 1992, he was a member of the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Gottwald is one of the few VMI alumni who have been presented with the highest honor of both the VMI Foundation and the VMI Keydet Club. He received the former’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993 and the latter’s Spirit of VMI Award in 2004.