Thanks for donating! McDonnell appoints check writers to UVA BOV
In a little thank you to some major donors, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed four new members to the UVA Board of Visitors: Charlottesville real estate developer Hunter E. Craig, who spearheaded the now defunct Biscuit Run development, the 1200 acres of land which was sold to the state for $9.8 million and tax credits for use as a park; Marvin W.Gilliam Jr., a part owner of a coal company that was recently sold for $640 million; Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television; and Mark Kington, the managing director of X-10 Capital Management.
The four will replace outgoing Board members Don R.Pippin, Dr.E.Darracott Vaughan Jr., and Warren M.Thompson. In addition, vice rector Daniel R. Abramson, who was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, was not re-appointed by McDonnell.
Craig gave a total of $58,302 to McDonnell’s campaign, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. In total, the four new Board members contributed $336,933 to McDonnell’s campaign for governor.
McDonnell also appointed 8 other donor-friends at The College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.