Grover C. Outland III ’81
Arnold (Anne Arundel County), Maryland
Appointed July 2020
Grover C. Outland III is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Facility Security Officer and a Board Member of the Tech USA companies, a privately held suite of Maryland-based consulting, staff augmentation, and defense/ intelligence subcontracting firms. He started his career in law and business with a large Norfolk law firm, then joined two law firm clients (both VMI alumni) in a commercial real estate brokerage, development, and investment firm in Virginia Beach. In the late 1980s, Mr. Outland moved to Maryland to accept a job offered by a client of the commercial real estate firm, and, since then, has served as an in-house attorney for several start-up and mid-size businesses founded by that client. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is also admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
A native of Norfolk, Mr. Outland received a B.A. degree in Modern Languages from Virginia Military Institute (’81) and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law (’84). At VMI, he was for two years a class officer (Historian and then Vice President). A first class private, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Cadet newspaper, served as President of the Cadet Program Board, and was awarded a partial scholarship by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society to study law at UVa. A Distinguished Graduate and Distinguished Military Graduate of the Institute, Mr. Outland commissioned and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a combat engineer before transferring to the Individual Ready Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain and receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1992.
An engaged alumnus for more than three decades, Mr. Outland was New Cadet Recruiting Chair of the Norfolk VMI Alumni Chapter in the mid-1980s, a member of the VMI Alumni Association’s Bylaws Review Committee in the mid-late 1980s, and Vice President and President, respectively, of the Baltimore and Maryland Alumni Chapters in the mid-late 1990s and early 2000s. From 2005 until appointment to the BoV, Mr. Outland served on the VMI Alumni Association Board at different times as director, special appointee, Career Networking committee chair, member of the Outreach/Networking, Chapter Operations, Executive, and Bylaws Review committees, and as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director (serving two 3-year terms representing alumni in Maryland, Pennsylvania & Delaware). Many in his family have “buckled on their boots & spurs and gone to VMI” over the past 7-8 decades, including his father (‘49B, a past president of the VMI Alumni Association and former member of the BoV), uncle/godfather (’46), brother (’83), first cousins (’79 and ’82), brother-in-law (’83), and two nephews (’17 and ’19).
Active in the communities where he has resided, Mr. Outland has led or participated in numerous civic organizations. Among them are Sister Cities International, Junior Achievement, Montessori International Children’s House, Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section Council, St. Margarets Church Endowment and Grants, and UVa Law School as a member of the Class Agent team for Law ‘84. A respectful student of history, Mr. Outland is also a hereditary member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, representing his fifth great-grandfather who served as an officer in Virginia’s Continental Line during the American Revolution.
Mr. Outland is a member of St. Margarets (Episcopal) Church in rural Annapolis. He met his future wife Melissa, then a UVa student, in Charlottesville; five years later they wed in the University Chapel adjacent to the Rotunda. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2019 and are the proud parents of three adult daughters.