New Members Join Mason’s Board of Visitors
Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) has begun the new academic year with five new members appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The Board of Visitors, which usually meets six times per year, is generally a policy-making and oversight body for the university. Its 16 members serve four-year terms on a rotating basis.
The BOV is led by Rector Ernst Volgenau, Vice-rector Knox Singleton, and Secretary William Soza. Continuing members are Terri Cofer Beirne, Vincent F. Callahan, Kathleen M. deLaski, Lovey L. Hammel, Carol Kirby, Mark C. Lowham, Charlie H. Mills III and Edward J. Newberry.
The new members follow.
C. Daniel Clemente is chairman and CEO of Clemente Development Company Inc. In a career spanning more than 30 years as an attorney, consultant, receiver and trustee, Clemente has represented clients ranging from Muhammad Ali to branches of the Cargill and Kohler families.
Clemente founded and chaired Community Bank and Trust Company (Springfield, Va.); was chairman of the Board of Directors of Virginia National Bank/Fairfax; founded First Commercial Bank (Arlington, Va.), and served as president and general counsel for wholly-owned real estate subsidiaries of Virginia National Bank and other lending institutions. He was elected to the board of directors of Hollywood Casinos Shreveport and all of its affiliates as an independent director to preside over disputes with bondholders.
He has served as a court-appointed receiver and trustee in bankruptcy for more than 30 companies, limited partnerships and joint ventures with real estate holdings and business operations throughout the United States. He worked with the Resolution Trust Corporation and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on the restructuring and disposition of real estate portfolios.
Former Sen. John Warner nominated Clemente to be chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation, and former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder appointed him to chair the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission’s Committee on Capital Formation. Most recently, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner appointed him to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.
Clemente received his JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He has been qualified as an expert witness in litigation involving complex real estate, corporate and business issues in courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mark F. McGettrick is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dominion Resources.
McGettrick joined Dominion in 1980 and has held a variety of management positions in distribution design, accounting, financial planning, customer service and generation.
His most recent assignments include president of Dominion Resources Services and CEO of Dominion Generation.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Dominion Foundation.
A graduate of George Mason University, he has a BS in business administration.
R. Carter Pate is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC. He is currently the global and U.S. managing partner for the capital projects, infrastructure and government practice at PwC.
Prior to this appointment, Pate served as PwC’s U.S managing partner for the advisory line of service. In this position, Pate oversaw the transaction services; corporate restructuring and performance improvement services; and finance, valuation, and operations improvement practices, among others.
Pate joined Price Waterhouse LLP as a direct admit partner in 1996, specializing in public company restructuring. In this capacity, he was the managing partner and founder of Performance Improvement Services, a debtor sub-product of Corporate Restructuring Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Prior to joining Price Waterhouse LLP, Pate was the founding partner of Pate, Winters & Stone (PWS) Inc. from 1987 to 1996. While at PWS, Pate’s largest project was with Sun Coast Industries, where he served as interim president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors.
Under Pate’s direction, the company restructured over a two-year period and experienced a stock price increase of nearly 104 percent during his tenure. He led the company from the NASDAQ exchange to the NYSE in less than one year.
Pate’s book, “The Phoenix Effect: Nine Revitalizing Strategies No Company Can Do Without,” was published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. in 2002. It has been translated into five languages, is used in business school courses and is a featured course at Southern Methodist University.
Pate graduated from Greensboro College with a BS in accounting. He has served on Greensboro’s Board of Trustees since 1996 and currently serves as the chairman. Pate also received an MS in accountancy and information systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. Pate is a CPA and has a number of other certifications and clearances.
Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer is president of MediaSpeaks Strategies LLC. Prior to launching her company, Pfotenhauer served as a senior policy advisor and national spokesperson with the McCain for President Campaign.
She is the former president and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), serving in that position from 2000 to 2005. She was vice chairman of IWF’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007. Pfotenhauer joined IWF after leaving Koch Industries, where she was director of the Washington, D.C., office.
Pfotenhauer began her career in 1987 as a senior economist at the Republican National Committee and was promoted to chief economist in 1988. She served as the economist for the independent regulatory agencies task force for then-President-elect George H.W. Bush, overseeing the policy, budget and personnel recommendations for both the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Thereafter, she worked as economic counsel to Sen. William Armstrong, serving on both the Finance and Budget Committees. In 1990, Pfotenhauer joined the President’s Council on Competitiveness, serving as the council’s economist.
In 2002, Pfotenhauer was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. The Bush administration also appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she served on advisory committees reporting to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham.
David-Imad Ramadan is president of Rama International Inc., which he founded in 2001 as a business management solutions company dedicated to servicing a small number of clients with customized solutions internationally.
Ramadan is an experienced international consultant and executive in diverse areas such as franchising, immigration, intellectual property, management and retail, with extensive knowledge of the U.S., Middle East and Indian markets.
He is actively involved in several other corporations and ventures, including Rama Legal, Curves for Women (Middle East and India), Expand to America and DRZ Jewelers. He also consults with clients in diverse industries internationally.
Ramadan immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1989 and has since resided in Virginia. He is a graduate of George Mason University with an MA in international transactions and a BA in government and politics. He completed graduate studies at Oxford University in England, the American Graduate School of Business (Geneva, Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.
He formerly served as an adjunct professor at Mason, teaching the course Middle East Realities: Past and Present.
Ramadan sits on the Board of Advisors of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce. He has served on presidential political campaigns as well as on gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns.