Two members reappointed to Virginia Tech Board of Visitors
August 17, 2009
Shelley Duke and George C. Nolen recently were reappointed to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
Duke and Nolen have served on the board since 2005, when they were appointed by then Gov. Mark Warner. The reappointment extends their terms to June 30, 2013.
The board of visitors, which next meets Aug. 30-31, is the governing authority for Virginia Tech. The board is composed of 14 members, 13 of whom are appointed by the governor. The 14th member is the president of the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who serves ex officio. Paul W. Rogers Jr. appeared in that capacity for the first time at the last board of visitors meeting.
Duke is owner and Manager of Rallywood Farm, located in Middleburg. She is also chairperson of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Council, a premier full-service equine hospital, located in Leesburg, which offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses.
Duke is also a member of Virginia Tech’s Women and Leadership in Philanthropy Council. Formerly, she held positions with Shearson Hayden Stone Inc.; J. A. Sanford and Company; and Blythe and Company Inc. Duke was designated as an honorary Virginia Tech alumna in 2005.
Nolen is president and chief executive officer of Siemens Corporation in New York, N.Y. (U.S. corporate headquarters), one of the world’s largest global electronics and engineering companies. Founded over 160 years ago, the company, with global headquarters in Munich, is a leader in the areas of medical technology, power generation, factory automation, transportation, lighting, and building and water technologies.
Previously, Nolen served as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Information and Communications Networks Inc (now Siemens Communications Inc.) in the United States and Siemens Enterprise Networks LLC. He is a Virginia Tech alumnus, having graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s in marketing from what is now the Pamplin College of Business.
Rogers is owner of Rogers Farms, a 1,200-acre farm, growing crops of cotton, peanuts, and grains and producing timber on another 300 acres in the Southampton, Sussex, and Surrey Counties. He is in partnership in Rogers Farms with his son, Paul Rogers III.
Rogers serves as an ex officio board member by virtue of his role on the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a board that promotes the agriculture interest of Virginia, advises the governor on the state of the industry of agriculture, and works with members of the agricultural community and with federal and state agencies to develop and implement programs that will provide for strong and viable Virginia agriculture.
Rogers is a 1969 graduate of the North Carolina State University’s Agriculture Institute, where he received a bachelor’s in agriculture. He is also a 2000 fellow (graduate) of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.