Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors comprises 14 voting members appointed by the governor to four-year terms and confirmed by the General Assembly. It is the governing body of Christopher Newport, and controls funds, real estate and property, makes rules and regulations, appoints the president and all members of the faculty, and other personnel as required.

If you wish to communicate with the Board of Visitors, please email bov@cnu.edu.

Agendas and Board Documents

Members

Position Name Governor Appointment Bio
Rector Robert R. Hatten, Esq. Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2015

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2019
Robert R. Hatten, Esq. biography
Vice Rector C. Bradford Hunter '04 Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2014

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2018
Bradford Hunter biography
Secretary Terri M. McKnight, CPA '86 Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2016

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2020
Terri McKnight biography
Member Regina P. Brayboy '84 Appointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2020 Regina Brayboy biography
Member Lindsey Carney Smith, Esq. '01 Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2016

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2020
Lindsey Carney Smith biography
Member William R. Ermatinger Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2014

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2018
William Ermatinger biography
Member Maria Herbert '86 Appointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2018 Maria Herbert biography
Member W. Bruce Jennings Appointed by Governor Robert McDonnell effective July 1, 2013

Reappointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2017
Bruce Jennings biography
Member Steven S. Kast '87 Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2015

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2019
Steven S. Kast '87 biography
Member The Honorable Gabriel A. Morgan Sr. Appointed by Governor Terry MCAuliffe effective July 1, 2014

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2018
Gabriel Morgan Sr. biography
Member Christy T. Morton '01 Appointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective November 22, 2019 Christy Morton biography
Member Dr. Ella P. Ward Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2014

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2018
Ella Ward biography
Member Judy Ford Wason Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2017

Reappointed by Governor Ralph Northam effective July 1, 2021
Judy Ford Wason biography
Member Junius H. Williams Jr. Appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective July 1, 2017 Junius Williams Jr. biography
Faculty Representative Dr. Rachel J. Holland Department of Music  
Student Representative Mary Concetta Romanello '22 Student Government Association President  
Alumni Representative Chris Inzirillo '09 Alumni Society President  
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