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Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has been appointed to the board of Armada Hoffler, the real estate investment trust and developer based in Virginia Beach. She is the national policy adviser for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit focused on ending childhood hunger and poverty. (The Virginian-Pilot)

In October, Tidewater Community College announced that its sixth president will be Marcia Conston, a vice president at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. TCC has been without a permanent president since July 2018, when Edna Baehre-Kolovani announced her retirement after six years. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Northern Virginia Technology Council President and CEO  Bobbie Kilberg will be retiring on June 30, 2020, after 22 years at the helm of the membership and trade association for the region’s tech industry. The NVTC Board of Directors has engaged Los Angeles-based management consulting firm Korn Ferry to oversee the search for her successor. (

Chris Boies was hired in October as Clarke County’s next county administrator. Currently assistant vice president of business operations for facilities administration at George Mason University, he is New Market’s former town manager. Boies succeeds David Ash, who is retiring after nearly 29 years with the county. (The Winchester Star)

Janice Underwood has been named Virginia’s first director of diversity, equity and inclusion, charged with improving practices throughout the staffing and activities of state government. She previously was in charge of diversity initiatives at Old Dominion University. (The Washington Post)

McGuireWoods has hired Richard Davis as its new chief operating officer. Davis was formerly a managing director for New York-based Navigant Consulting Inc., which provides specialized consulting, outsourcing and technology services primarily to clients in the health care, energy and financial services industries. Davis succeeds McGuireWoods Executive Director Robert Couture. (

Jennifer Wakefield, who served as Greater Richmond Partnership’s interim president and CEO earlier this year, has been promoted to chief operating officer. Wakefield joined GRP, the regional economic development organization for Richmond and its surrounding counties, in 2017 as senior vice president of marketing. (

William E. Callahan Jr., who previously worked at LeClairRyan, joined Gentry Locke’s Roanoke office as a partner in its business litigation group in September. His law practice primarily involves bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and the majority of his work has been in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. He has served on the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees in Virginia’s Western District since 1999. (News release)

Christopher Finley, communications manager for BAE Systems in Radford, was named the new executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Set to start in late October, he replaces Vicki Gardner, who stepped down in July due to health complications from gunshot injuries sustained in the August 2015 shooting at Bridgewater Plaza that left WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward dead. (The Roanoke Times)

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, currently the Lieberman Professor of Neuroscience at George Washington University and director of the GWU Institute for Neuroscience, is moving to Virginia Tech as a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in December, the university announced. LaMantia, acclaimed for revealing the genetic clockwork of complex developmental disorders in children, will be joined by two GWU colleagues, researchers Thomas Maynard and Daniel Meechan. (News release)

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