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New members of the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors were named Thursday by Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner.

Appointments to the ODU board are:

- Kenneth E. Ampy of Midlothian, alumnus of the University, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Astyra Corporation;

- Frank Batten, Jr. (reappointment) of Norfolk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Communications, Inc.

- Pamela C. Kirk of Midlothian, alumna of the University, President of Pamela Kirk Associated, Inc., and former Director of Business Development for Advantis Construction;

- Robert J. O'Neill of Fairfax, alumnus of the University, Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association, former President of the National Academy of Public Administration, and former County Executive for Fairfax County.

"These leaders bring a vast range of experience and talent to our Commonwealth's system of higher education, and demonstrate strong levels of dedication and service," Warner said. "I also want to commend the 2005 General Assembly for agreeing to institutionalize our merit-based selection process. It has worked well, and has reduced much of the partisanship that formerly surrounded appointments to college and university boards."

Also Thursday, Warner announced appointments to several other university Boards of Visitors, as well as the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Board of Trustees for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

This article was posted on: June 30, 2005

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