Darden Alumni Among New Appointees to UVA Board of Visitors
By Jay Hodgkins
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on 2 June announced the appointments of three new members of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors (BOV), and two are Darden School of Business alumni: Robert “Bob” Blue (EMBA ’08) and Robert Hardie (MBA ’95).
In its report on the announcement, UVA Today noted that the appointment will be Hardie’s second stint on the BOV.
Then-Gov. Tim Kaine appointed him to serve on board in 2008.
Hardie is co-chairman and CEO of H7 Holdings LLC, a private holding company that invests in equities, private firms and alternative asset classes. H7 Holdings owns Keswick Hall in Keswick, Virginia, and The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
He also is co-chairman and CEO of Level One Partners, an investment company in Charlottesville, and serves on the boards of several businesses. Hardie also co-chairs the H7 Foundation, which supports multiple educational and non-profit endeavors.
Hardie also served as an adjunct member of the Darden faculty from 1999 to 2007. His courses, taught in the second year of the MBA program, concentrated on general management. His main course was titled “General Managers Taking Action”; he also taught a management seminar and executive education courses on e-business and valuation of high-technology and rapidly growing firms.
He is co-author of two books, Corporate Strategy and Principles of General Management.
Blue joins the board with extensive experience at Dominion Virginia Power.
Blue has been president of Dominion Virginia Power since 2014. He oversees the company’s regulated transmission, distribution and customer service operations in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Blue joined Dominion in 2005 as managing director, state affairs and corporate and corporate public policy, and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities at Dominion.
Prior to Dominion, he was counselor to the governor and director of policy for then-Gov. Mark Warner and was an associate and partner at the law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C.
Blue is a member of the boards of directors of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Healthcare Foundation, Communities in Schools of Virginia and Sports Backers.
UVA Today also reported that BOV appointments will conclude for Darden alumni Bill Goodwin (MBA ’66), rector of the board, and Frank Genovese (MBA ’74).
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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