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Gov. Kaine Appoints New Members to ODU Board of Visitors

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Friday appointed three new members, and reappointed one member, to four-year terms on the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors. The new members are:

David L. Bernd, of Virginia Beach, the CEO of Sentara Healthcare, succeeding Mark Strome. With Sentara since 1972, Bernd has served as the executive vice president/chief operating officer of Sentara Health System, as well as the president of Sentara Hospitals-Norfolk. He previously served on the Virginia Wesleyan College board of trustees and is a former chairman of the South Hampton Roads United Way board of directors.

William C. Chick, of Suffolk, the president of Pepperdine Corp., succeeding Robert Copeland. Pepperdine Corp. is a general building contractor whose past work includes the ODU Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center and renovations to the ODU Health and Physical Education Building.

Linda L. Forehand, of Chesapeake, senior associate director of philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, succeeding Pat Tsao. Forehand is also a member of the ODU Educational Foundation board of trustees, which receives, administers and distributes funds and property for the university.

Both Chick, class of 1970, and Forehand, class of 1980, magna cum laude, are ODU graduates.

Kaine reappointed Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., of Virginia Beach, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, to a four-year term on the board. Gehman served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT), commander-in-chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command and vice chief of Naval Operations. He has remained active since his retirement, serving on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) committee and the Department of Defense's Cole Commission.

This article was posted on: August 12, 2008

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