University Rector George Keith Martin Photo by Dan Addison

For the first time in University of Virginia history, an African American will serve as leader of the University’s governing body.

Richmond attorney George Keith Martin, a 1975 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, begins his two-year term as rector of the Board of Visitors today. He succeeds Helen E. Dragas, who concludes her term as rector having served as the first woman in that role in UVA history.

“This University has important work ahead, including the implementation of a new strategic plan, a new financial model and the everyday priority of ensuring that UVA provides the best education possible to our students and the best care possible to patients,” Martin said. “I am grateful to my colleagues who have entrusted me with this privilege to serve as rector. It truly is an honor, and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the board, the president and her team to move UVA forward.”

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