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Houck, Rankin appointed to UMW BOV

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Former Virginia Sen. Edd Houck and president and the CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare, Fred Rankin, have been appointed to the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

According to a university release, Houck and Rankin will serve until their terms expire June 30, 2018.

They succeed Joseph Wilson, who served one term beginning in 2010, and Xavier Richardson, who served two terms beginning in 2006. Their terms end on June 30.

Holly Cuellar, current rector of the board, has been reappointed for an additional term.

The BOV is the school’s governing body, which consists of 12 members appointed by the governor. Members serve four-year terms, at the end of which they are eligible for reappointment.

During the board’s last meeting, on May 9, members expressed a desire to keep Cuellar and Wilson on the board. A letter was sent to the governor urging him to do so.

Cuellar, a 1989 UMW graduate, has served on the BOV since 2010. she has been rector since 2013. She lives in the San Diego area and is membership director for The IABM, a trade association that represents the broadcast supply industry.

A longtime legislator and educator, Houck represented the 17th District in the Virginia Senate from 1984 to 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Houck worked in public schools for 34 years, retiring in 2007. He served until last year as director of community and corporate programs for Mary Washington Healthcare.

Rankin has served as president and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare since 1995, as well as being past president of the Rappahannock Area United Way. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. He co-chairs, along with UMW President Rick Hurley, an ongoing regional economic development initiative.

Richardson, who is executive vice president of Mary Washington Health Care, was appointed to the Virginia State University BOV.


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  • Aww

    Great to have someone like Edd Houck working on behalf of my university!

    • Action

      Isn’t it your university that continued to pay Frawley after his 2 DUI charges?

      • TimiJim

        There are quite a few reasons I don’t give money to my Alma mater. This article just gave me one more.

  • Theron Keller

    So why did McAuliffe ignore the request of the BOV to reappoint Wilson?

    • Action

      good question TK.

  • Joe Wilson

    Wilson was a big Cuccinelli supporter.