Board of Visitors

2021-2022 members

H. Benson Dendy III, Rector

Term expires 06/30/24

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2016
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2020

President
Vectre Corporation

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Benson Dendy

Carolina Espinal, Vice Rector

Term expires 06/30/23

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2019

Founding Principal
Mozaic Strategies 

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Carolina Espinal

Todd P. Haymore, Secretary

Term expires 06/30/25

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2017
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2021

Managing Director, Global Economic Development, Commerce and Government Relations
Hunton & Williams 

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Todd Haymore

Pamela El

Term expires 06/30/23

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2019

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
National Basketball Association

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Pamela El

Peter Farrell

Term expires 06/30/22

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2019

Managing Partner
Tuckahoe Holdings

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Peter Farrell

Ellen Fitzsimmons is chief legal officer and head of public affairs at Truist Financial Corporation and a member of the executive leadership team. In her role, Ms. Fitzsimmons oversees the legal, government relations, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy functions.

Andrew C. Florance

Term expires 06/30/25

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2021

Founder, Director, President and CEO
CoStar Group

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Vernon Dale Jones, Ph.D., is former chancellor and chief academic officer of Pennsylvania State University’s Wilkes Barre Campus. Dr. Jones previously served as the vice president for strategy, administration and board affairs at Hampden-Sydney College and served as associate professor of public administration at VCU from 2006 to 2011. 

Carmen Lomellin

Term expires 06/30/24

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2020

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Edward L. McCoy

Term expires 06/30/25

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2017
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2021

President and CEO
Eaheart Industrial Service Inc. 

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Edward McCoy

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson

Term expires 06/30/25

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2017
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2021

Pastor
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church

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Tyrone Nelson

Keith T. Parker

Term expires 06/30/24

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2016
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2020

CEO
Goodwill of North Georgia

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Keith Parker

Tonya Parris-Wilkins

Term expires 06/30/24

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2020

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Parris Wilkins

Clifton Peay, M.D., is the founding medical director of the American Eye Center in Mechanicsville, Va. Dr. Peay previously served as a VCU Board of Visitors member in the 1990s. He is past chair and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association (NMA), and actively serves in the Medical Society of Virginia and the Old Dominion Medical Society. 

Alexis Swann

Term expires 06/30/23

Appointed by Governor Northam in 2019

President
Townebank of the Virginia Peninsula/Williamsburg

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Alexis Swann

Shantaram Talegaonkar, M.D.

Term expires 06/30/23

Appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2016 
Reappointed by Governor Northam in 2019

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist 

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Shantaram Talegaonkar