Mark Kington gets a high score of 94 out of 100 on Muckety.com's influence index, which maps the power of the one percent.
Hunter Craig scores just 25 out of 100 on Muckety's influence index.
On a Sunday at a hastily convened meeting, three members of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors' executive committee voted to accept the resignation of President Teresa Sullivan, and a firestorm ensued. Rector Helen Dragas led the ouster of Sullivan with her BOV cohorts, vice rector Mark J. Kington and Charlottesville developer Hunter Craig. Who are they?
The Tennessee native graduated from Darden in 1988, the same year as Dragas, and then became a cofounder of Columbia Capital with Mark Warner and Jim Murray. Warner went on to become governor and senator of Virginia, and he appointed Kington to the Board of Visitors in 2002. Kington contributed $131,000 to Warner's campaign for governor.
Kington was not reappointed to the BOV by Tim Kaine, but bounced back when Governor Bob McDonnell named him to the Board in 2010. Kington donated $82,632 to McDonnell's gubernatorial run, and $75,000 to McDonnell's Opportunity Virginia PAC.
Kington is the managing director of X-10 Management Corporation in Alexandria, and president of Kington Management Corporation.
Vice-rector Kington sits on the board of directors of Dominion Resources, upon which sit two other Board of Visitors rectors past and present: Thomas Farrell and Helen Dragas.
Kington and his wife, Ann, donated $1.5 million for a professorship in the environmental sciences department in honor of his parents. That amount was matched by Sonia Klein Jones and hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II, who most recently pledged $12 million for a yoga center at UVA.
Unlike other members of the Board of Visitors, real estate developer Hunter Craig did not attend the University of Virginia but graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He was appointed to the BOV in 2010 by Governor Bob McDonnell, to whom he contributed $33,301 to the campaign and $25,000 to McDonnell's Opportunity Virginia PAC.
Previously, Craig served on the board of the University of Virginia Foundation, from 1995-2003, and he's on the board of Jefferson Scholars Foundation.
In the past few years, Craig has turned up in the center of some the area's biggest stories, most notably the sale of Biscuit Run as a state park and the ensuing scandal of how a bloated appraisal during the popping of the real estate bubble would have salvaged the money-losing development with conservation tax credits.
Craig is now suing the state for using its own appraisal Biscuit Run, for which he's seeking nearly $20 million.
In May, Craig himself survived an ouster attempt from the board of Virginia National Bank, which he cofounded in 1998 with his father-in-law, former concrete magnate Wick McNeely, and SNL founder Reid Nagle. Some members were concerned that Craig had pledged his shares of VNB stock to secure a loan with another bank.