Governing Council

Governing Council

The Miller Center is an integral part of the University of Virginia but with maximum autonomy within the University system. Under the bylaws of the Miller Center, the Governing Council exercises oversight of the Center's work and mission. 

Read about The Holton Society, a society created to recognize long-standing friends and supporters who have dedicated their time, talent, and treasure to support the work of the Center.

Review the membership of the Miller Center Foundation Board of Directors.

Alice W. HandyHandy

Alice W. Handy, Chair, is founder and former president and CEO of Investure, an outsourced investment office for colleges and foundations. She spent 29 years with UVA, beginning as its first investment officer, later becoming treasurer, and finally president of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO). She was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1988 to 1990. Handy is on the boards of Bessemer Securities Corporation; MSCI, Inc.; and the American Friends of the National Gallery, London. She also serves on the investment committees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Steve BurnsBurns

Steve Burns, Vice Chair, is managing partner at Quad-C Management, a middle-market private equity firm headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since joining Quad-C in 1994, Burns has invested in the building products, business services, specialty chemicals, packaging, transportation/logistics, and food sectors. Prior to joining Quad-C, Burns worked in the Risk Arbitrage Group and Leveraged Capital Group at Paribas and the corporate development group at W.R. Grace. He graduated from Boston College with bachelor of science degree and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann ComptonCompton

Ann Compton is a former news reporter and White House correspondent for ABC News. A distinguished and highly respected 40- year veteran of the White House press corps, she was the first woman assigned by a television network to cover the White House. Her tenure stretched across seven presidents as well as innumerable life-changing and globe-altering events, including the end of the Cold War. During the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcaster allowed to remain on board Air Force One after President George W. Bush was advised not to return to Washington, DC.

Frank Maxwell “Rusty” Conner IIIFrank Conner

Frank Maxwell “Rusty” Conner III, ex officio, is the Rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. He is a partner with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. He is a former partner with DLA Piper and a former partner-in-charge with Alston & Bird LLP. He is the former chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board and is a trustee of Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Conner is the former chair of the Virginia College Savings Plan. He is a life member of the UVA Alumni Association, former member of the UVA Parents Committee and a past president of the UVA Club of Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree from the University.

Terrence D. DanielsDaniels

Terrence D. Daniels has been a partner with Quad-C Management, Inc., a private equity firm based in Charlottesville, since its formation in 1989. Prior to founding Quad-C, he served as a vice chairman and director of W.R. Grace & Co. He also had operating responsibility for Grace's Specialty Chemical, Health Care, Retail and Restaurant, Natural Resource and Corporate Technical Groups. Daniels also served as chairman, president, and CEO of Western Publishing, and senior vice president for corporate development of Mattel. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from UVA's Darden School of Business.

Richard K. DeSchererRichard K. DeScherer

Richard K. DeScherer is the chief legal and compliance officer of Bloomberg and serves on the company's board of directors. He joined the company in 2012, before which he served as the company's outside counsel and as a member of its board since its inception in 1982. Prior to joining Bloomberg, DeScherer was a law partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in the corporate and financial services department, where he served as a co-chair of the firm. DeScherer is co-chair of the board of directors of the Lupus Research Alliance; a vice chairman of the board of directors and executive committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; a director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center; a director and former chairman of the National Dance Institute; and an emeritus member of the college board of trustees of arts & sciences of the University of Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University Law School.

Joseph ErdmanErdman

Joseph Erdman is the owner and president of Albemarle Asset Management Ltd., which is based in both Florida and Virginia. Previously, Erdman was both the partner and chair of the Personal Planning Department for Proskauer Rose LLP, where he was an estate-planning lawyer for 20 years. Erdman also serves as co-trustee for The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Erdman is also co-chair of the Arts Trust Board, which encourages arts projects and lifts the arts at UVA to a higher level. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts degree and earned his JD from Fordham University.

Eugene V. FifeEugene Fife

Eugene V. Fife is a former partner at Goldman Sachs where he was chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a member of the Management Committee. He remains a senior director of Goldman Sachs. Fife is the founding principal of Vawter Capital LLC, a private equity firm in Charlottesville. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Cequel Corporation and of Accudyne Industries. He is a senior advisor to BC Partners. He received  his bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Barbara J. FriedBarbara Fried

Barbara J. Fried, ex officio, is chair emerita and former general counsel and executive vice president of Fried Companies Inc., a real estate development and property management firm based in Ruckersville and Crozet. She is a director of the UVA Foundation, member and immediate past chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership State Advisory Board, and a former director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Fried is a former member of the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners and a former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation. Fried is active in many community organizations in and around Crozet. She earned a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in history from UVA.

Claire W. GargalliGargalli

Claire W. Gargalli, Vice Chair, is a retired corporate and international banking executive. She previously served as vice chairman and partner at Diversified Search Companies in Philadelphia, and as president, chief operating officer, and director of Equimark Corporation. Gargalli is a member of the boards of Baker Hughes, Inc.; Praxair, Inc.; and the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, and is a trustee emeritus of Middlebury College and Carnegie Mellon University.

Joseph R. Gladden Jr.Gladden

Joseph R. Gladden Jr. is a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company. As executive vice president and general counsel at the time of his retirement from a 16-year career there, Gladden had responsibility for the worldwide legal function of the company. Before joining Coca-Cola in 1985, he spent 17 years with the law firm King & Spalding. An alumnus of the University of Virginia School of Law, Gladden has an LLB degree and is on the board of directors of Emory Healthcare and the University of Virginia Physicians Group. He and his wife Sally cochair the Monticello Cabinet.

Jonathan J. HirtleHirtle

Jonathan J. Hirtle is co-founder and CEO of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., a firm that pioneered investment outsourcing and the much-imitated “outsourced chief investment officer” strategy. An avid outdoorsman, he served for seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned his BS and MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to founding Hirtle Callaghan, Hirtle worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. advising families and institutions on global investment strategy. His charitable and board work have included serving as a trustee of the Abbey Leadership Foundation and the Parents Committee of UVA.

Judith Richards HopeHope

Judith Richards Hope is Distinguished Visitor from Practice and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She began her legal practice with the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly and, from 1981 through 2005, was a partner in and senior advisor to the international law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Hope has held faculty appointments at Harvard Law School, the University of Richmond, and Pepperdine University. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Law School.

John C. Jeffries Jr.John C. Jeffries Jr.

John C. Jeffries Jr., ex officio, is Senior Vice President for Advancement at the University of Virginia and the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law. His primary research and teaching interests are civil rights, federal courts, criminal law, and constitutional law. Jeffries has co-authored casebooks in civil rights, federal courts, and criminal law and has published a variety of articles in those fields. He also wrote a biography of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Jeffries served as dean of the Law School from 2001-2008 and accepted an appointment in University administration in 2018.

Donald Alan King Jr.Don King

Donald Alan King Jr. is the outgoing chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Board of Trustees, where he has served on the board since 2009. King spent his career in the investment real estate business, first as a developer and owner. He then joined RREEF in 1979, becoming an advisor to large pension funds and retirement systems. King was the first managing partner of RREEF, a position he held from 1988 to 2002. In 2002, he became global head of real estate at Deutsche Asset Management. King retired in 2005, becoming vice chairman of Deutsche Asset Management. He supports conservation efforts and works closely with the Clark Fork Coalition, the Five Valleys Land Trust, and the Montana Land Reliance to help them further their goals. He is also a member of the board of the Chicago City Day School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA at Harvard University. He also served on active duty as a junior officer in the United States Navy.

Jim LehrerLehrer

Jim Lehrer, known to millions of Americans as co-host of the PBS NewsHour and the moderator of dozens of presidential and vice-presidential debates, began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter at the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times-Herald. Lehrer served as a Marine infantry officer in the 1950’s. He is the author of 21 novels, three non-fiction books, and four plays, and has been awarded honorary degrees by more than 30 colleges and universities. Lehrer is also a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Alan MurrayMurray

Alan Murray is chief content officer of Time, Inc. and president of Fortune. He was formerly president of the Pew Research Center, and before that, was deputy managing editor and executive editor, online at the Wall Street Journal. Murray spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, during which time the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes; he subsequently served as CNBC’s Washington bureau chief, co-hosting Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger. He is the author of four books, including Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. He is a member of the Gridiron Club and the Council on Foreign Relations. Murray received his BA from the University of North Carolina, and his MA at the London School of Economics.  

L. F. Payne Jr.Payne

L. F. Payne Jr. is a businessman who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 until 1997, representing Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. Highly regarded by both political parties, he was a founder of the Congressional Blue Dogs, a coalition of moderate and conservative Democratic members of Congress. He is president at McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, and prior to his congressional service was a licensed professional engineer at Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company and builder of the Wintergreen Resort community, where he served as chairman and president of Wintergreen Development Inc. Payne served on the UVA Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2011. He is currently chairman of the UVA Foundation Board (2011 to present), and has served on the UVA Curry School Foundation Board, the Darden School Foundation Board, and the Governing Board of the UVA Medical Center.

Jon W. RotenstreichRotenstreich

Jon W. Rotenstreich is a financial consultant and private investor through his own firm, Rotenstreich Family Partners, LLC. He is a founding partner of Bayer Properties. During his career, Rotenstreich has served as chairman and CEO of TIG Holdings Inc.; president and director of Torchmark Corporation; and president, CEO, and director of Waddell & Reed Financial. He has also served as vice president and treasurer of IBM. He was a general partner of Salomon Brothers, and a managing director at the firm’s incorporation.

James E. RyanJames Ryan

James E. Ryan, ex officio, became the ninth president of the University of Virginia on August 1, 2018. Before joining the University, he served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. A first-generation college student, Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies summa cum laude from Yale University and his law degree from UVA. He joined the UVA School of Law faculty after clerking for the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for then-United States Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. In 2009, he founded the Program in Law and Public Service, which gives law students training and mentoring for public service careers.

Elsie W. ThompsonThompson

Elsie Wilson Thompson is a graduate of Radcliffe College and UVA Law School, where she also coached UVA Women's Crew for its first two racing seasons. She practiced antitrust, mining, and corporate law in New York and Houston before returning with her family to Charlottesville. She is a founding director and past president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, director and past president of Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater, co-vice chair of UVA’s Fralin Museum Advisory Board, a director of the Foundation of the Virginia State Arboretum, and co-chair of the Harvard Club of Charlottesville.  

Frances Fragos TownsendTownsend

Frances Fragos Townsend, an on-air national security analyst for CBS News, was President George W. Bush’s homeland security advisor from 2004 to 2008. She served as deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Currently, Townsend is an executive vice president for worldwide government, legal, and business affairs at MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. She serves on several government advisory and nonprofit boards and is on the board of the New York City Police Foundation, Business Executives for National Security, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex.

Wally WalkerWally Walker

Wally Walker is the current owner and CIO of Hana Road Capital. From 1994-2006, he was president and CEO of the Seattle Sonics and Seattle Storm basketball teams. The Sonics had the 5th best winning percentage in the NBA during that time and the Seattle Storm won the 2004 WNBA Championship. Walker played in the NBA from 1976-1984 and was a member of two NBA Championship teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1976 and was named a first team Academic All-American basketball player that year. He graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1987 and joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. He was conferred as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1992. Walker was a member of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors from 1997-2001.

Suzanne S. WhitmoreWhitmore

Suzanne S. Whitmore serves on the Hollins University Board of Trustees, where she was board chair from 2010 to 2012. She is also a regent at the George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which includes historic Kenmore as well as George Washington's Ferry Farm, and a board member of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Her previous board activities include the Academy Art Museum (Easton, Maryland), the Nature Conservancy (D.C./Maryland), Washington and Jefferson College, (Washington, Pennsylvania), the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the Greenwich Library (Greenwich, Connecticut). Whitmore holds a BA in political science from Hollins.