Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently named three appointees to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and appointed a longtime Virginia Tech administrator to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

McAuliffe reappointed Deborah Martin Petrine, of Hardy, to the Board of Visitors, where she will be joined by new appointees Charles "C.T." Hill, of Midlothian, and Mehmood Kazmi, of Great Falls. McAuliffe appointed Minnis Ridenour, of Blacksburg, to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, often referred to as SCHEV.

Hill, of Midlothian, retired from SunTrust Bank in 2012 as both chairman for the Mid-Atlantic banking operations and consumer banking executive. His 42-year career with SunTrust and its predecessors also included serving as chairman, president, and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic banking group, as well as head of the company’s retail line of business.

Hill attended Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond, and later graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers and the National School of Real Estate at Ohio State. He also completed the Executive Program at the University’s Darden School of Business.

Hill has served on boards for the Massey Cancer Center, the Richmond Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Business Foundation. He is a member of the management roundtable and a past chair of Venture Richmond, the Virginia Bankers Association, the Forum Club, and the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. From 2007-2011, Hill represented Virginia’s 7th District on the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, chairing that organization in 2011.

Kazmi is a partner with Share Investment Company, a real estate investment fund located in Greenbelt, Maryland. His career history includes executive and management roles at Tipton Equity Partners, AIC Associates, and America Online.

Kazmi is an M.B.A graduate of Harvard Business School, and he earned his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, where he held a Presidential Honors Scholarship.

He also is an alumnus of the Political Leadership Program of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and he serves as a commissioner on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission.

Petrine, the first female rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the university in 1978.

She is president and chief executive officer of CCR (Commonwealth Care of Roanoke Inc.), which owns and operates 12 long-term-care facilities in Virginia. Petrine founded the company in 2001, and also is a former president of Longleaf Senior Living LLC, which managed 32 assisted living facilities in North Carolina.

Petrine serves on the boards of directors for the Virginia Tech Foundation and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She is a member of the cabinet of the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council and also is a member of the Roanoke Valley Hokie Club.

Petrine has served on the advisory board for the Department of Management of the Pamplin College of Business. She also has served on the advisory board for the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology. In 2005, Petrine received the Virginia Health Care Association’s James G. Dutton Award for lifetime achievement in the long-term-care field in the commonwealth. She received the Pamplin Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.

Ridenour has been affiliated with Virginia Tech for over 40 years, starting in 1974 as budget director and chief business officer, and retiring as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Since 2005, he has continued to assist the university with projects that include representing Virginia Tech in the restructuring of higher education in the commonwealth; providing leadership for the NCAA re-certification of athletics, the scientific review of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and the Virginia Tech Arts Initiative that resulted in the Moss Center for the Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and supporting the search for the 16th university president.

Ridenour is currently assisting the university with a visioning initiative. Along with his wife, Louise, Ridenour devotes a good portion of his time to volunteer and mission work in the post-communist countries of Europe.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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