Board of Visitors selects alumnus as rector; 3 new members appointed by governor

Robert S. Wertz Jr. ’85, a former member of the Longwood University Foundation Board and past president of the Longwood Alumni Association, has been selected rector of the Longwood University Board of Visitors.

Wertz, of Leesburg, is commissioner of revenue for Loudoun County and was first appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2013. He was first elected as commissioner of revenue for one of the country’s fastest growing counties in 2003 and has been re-elected three times since then.

He succeeds Colleen Margiloff ’97, who completed her maximum two-year term as rector on July 1 but will continue to serve on the board and on the executive committee.

Former rector Marianne Radcliff ’92 and Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani were also named to leadership positions at the board’s annual retreat in June. Radcliff, vice president of Kemper Consulting, a prominent Richmond based lobbying firm, will serve as vice rector. Trigiani, an attorney at the real estate law firm Mercer Trigiani, was selected as secretary. Board member Eric Hansen will serve on the executive committee.

On June 13, Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed three first-time members to the Longwood Board of Visitors:

  • Katharine McKeown Bond ’98, of Mechanicsville, a senior policy advisor at Dominion, and executive director of the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.
  • Steven P. Gould, of Danville, an attorney with Clement Wheatley and member of the Danville City School Board. He previously worked as a policy advisor to Gov. Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine and currently serves as chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
  • Nettie L. Simon-Owens, of South Boston, chief economic advancement officer at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.