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. Handy
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.
Stephen M. Burns
Stephen M. Burns, Vice Chair, is a 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 a BS degree and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dave Burke is the co-founder, managing director, and former CEO of Makena Capital Management. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors and management and investment committees. Prior to forming Makena in 2005, Burke was a managing director of the Stanford Management Company, overseeing the Stanford University endowment's investments in private equity and venture capital. Burke currently serves on the boards of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, University of Virginia Law School Foundation, and Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Burke received a BS degree in finance, a JD, and an MA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia and guest lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program.
Adib Choudhury is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a BS degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce. Choudhury currently works as an investment analyst at Investure, an outsourced investment office for colleges and foundations, where he supports investment diligence and portfolio management. Prior to Investure, he interned at Salesforce in their finance & strategy group and for Ernst & Young’s advisory group. While a student at UVA, he served on class council, as a tour guide for the University Guide Service, and as an intern for the Jefferson Trust.
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.
Richard 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 earned a BA degree from the University of Virginia and received a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds an LLM degree in taxation from New York University Law School.
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 BA degree and earned his JD from Fordham University.
Eugene V. 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 BS degree from Virginia Tech and his MBA from the University of Southern California.
Barbara J. 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 BA degree and law degree from the University of Chicago and an MA degree in history from UVA.
Claire W. Gargalli
Claire W. Gargalli 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.
Jonathan J. Hirtle
Jonathan J. Hirtle is co-founder and executive chairman 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 degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to founding Hirtle Callaghan, Hirtle worked at Goldman Sachs 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.
Stephanie Ingrassia is the vice chairperson of the Brooklyn Museum. Over her career, she has worked as a graphic designer and recently as an art curator. She taught editorial design at The School of Visual Art in New York City. She serves on the boards of Creative Time and City Squash. In partnership with Pilobolus, a modern dance company, she organizes and presents an art and performance festival in Washington, Connecticut. Ingrassia received a BA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and studied at Michigan State University and the University of London.
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 UVA Law School from 2001-2008 and accepted an appointment in University administration in 2018.
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 25 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.
George Keith Martin
George K. Martin is managing partner of the McGuire Woods’ Richmond office. He practices construction, commercial real estate, and local government law. He has more than 20 years of experience handling construction-related transactions, including joint ventures, public-private partnerships, and project finance transactions. In 2013, Martin became the first African American rector of the University of Virginia, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson. During his tenure, he helped seat a nonvoting faculty member on the board and met with a group of student leaders before every board meeting. He also helped establish a committee focusing on diversity and inclusion.
L. F. Payne Jr.
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 most recently served as president of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, where he worked for more than 20 years, 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 has served on the UVA Foundation Board, the Curry School Foundation Board, the Darden School Foundation Board, and the Governing Board of the UVA Medical Center.
James E. 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 BA 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.
Frances Fragos Townsend
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.
Hatsy Vallar is a graduate of Smith College and NYU’s Stern School of Business, with a degree in finance. She has spent most of her career in banking and then as a hospital executive in charge of the hospital’s foundation and marketing department. Prior to moving to Charlottesville in 2016, she served on multiple boards and co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign. She currently serves as secretary of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Board and chair of the advancement committee, sits on the Martha Jefferson Medical Affairs Board and Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the co-founder of the Friends of the Miller Center.
Walter F. Walker
Walter F. 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.