|VMI Board of Visitors Elects New President|
LEXINGTON, Va., May 6, 2008 â€“ Thomas G. Slater Jr., a partner in the Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams, was elected president of the Virginia Military Instituteâ€™s Board of Visitors at the boardâ€™s meeting on May 3.
Slaterâ€™s term begins July 1 when he will take the place of G. Gilmer Minor III, chairman of Owens & Minor Inc., a Richmond-based Fortune 500 distributor of medical and surgical supplies. Minor, a 1963 VMI graduate, was elected president of board three years ago and has been a member of the board since 2000.
Slater has been a member of the board since 2003 and has been active in VMI alumni organizations since his graduation.
He graduated from VMI with a bachelorâ€™s degree in history in 1966. He then attended the University of Virginia law school where he received his LLB in 1969. At VMI, Slater was on the deanâ€™s list, co-captain of the varsity football team â€™65, letterman varsity football â€™63, â€™64, â€™65 and president of the Monogram Club â€™65-â€™66.
Slater has been with Hunton & Williams law firm since 1969. He became a partner in the firm in 1976 and is currently co-head of the firmâ€™s Litigation-IP and Antitrust Group (approximately 300 lawyers). He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation and Virginia Law Foundation. He is a past president of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond and served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia State Bar from 1996 to 1998. He is a director of Tredegar Corporation and a trustee of the Virginia Historical Society.
Slater is married to the former Martha Scott Newell (Scottie).
The board also elected three vice presidents: Paul D. Fraim, a member of the VMI Class of 1971, of Norfolk, Va.; William A. Paulette, VMI Class of 1969, of Richmond, Va.; and James E. Rogers, VMI Class of 1967, of Richmond, Va.