Board of <em><strong> Directors</strong></em>
ABOUT THIS PHOTO
Rotunda Restoration Ball, May 1965. Photo by Ed Roseberry (b. 1925). An annual tradition at the University since 1964, the formal Ball was established to help raise money towards the restoration and preservation of the University of Virginia Rotunda. The effort focused on returning the Rotunda to its original, Jeffersonian design. That meant clearing away most of the alterations that architect Stanford White had implemented following the tragic fire of October 27, 1895, which had destroyed an 1853 annex and completely gutted the Rotunda. The Restoration Balls, held in the Rotunda for many years, raised awareness of the historic project and significant funds as well. The Federal Government awarded the University of Virginia a grant in 1972 to help make the restoration a reality, and the U.S. Bicentennial Committee strongly endorsed the effort by naming the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda as “the nation’s #1 priority” in historic preservation. The massive project got underway in 1973 and involved more than two years of work, during which the Rotunda was closed to the public. It reopened in time for the American Bicentennial Celebration and was officially dedicated on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, 1976.
Chair of the Board
Shelley Murphy, Chair
A native of Michigan, Dr. Murphy has been an avid genealogist for nearly three decades, specializing in the study and practice of African-American genealogical research. She is a much sought-after guest lecturer throughout the country, and is well known here in the Central Virginia region for her exceptional work in this field. Dr. Murphy holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is an Adjunct Professor for Averett University’s satellite campus in Richmond. She also works part time as a Housing Counselor with the Piedmont Housing Alliance, routinely educating citizens on family financial literacy and the benefits of home ownership.
Will Lyster, Past Chair
Will Lyster, a Charlottesville native, joined the Board in 2016 and has served as Treasurer and Vice-President. He also serves the community as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Lodge 5. Will is currently the Director of Operations for M3, Inc. located in Albemarle County. He is a also a member of the Fluvanna County Historical Society, the Louisa County Historical Society, a Member and Chair holder at the Jefferson School – African American Heritage Center, the local NAACP and the Piedmont Sportsman Club. In his time off, Will enjoys the outdoors – hiking and sailing as often as possible.
Angus Arrington is a native son of Charlottesville and has contributed to the community and his country all his life. He studied Business at West Virginia University before joining the United States Marine Corp, where he served in the first Gulf War. He has been active in Real Estate since 2001 and received his license in 2008, when he became a very busy local realtor and builder in the community and remains active in his local church. He is also active in the American Legion, past President of the Albemarle Sheriffs Office Foundation, and a member of the FALCONS club and part of the Banquet Committee. Angus is an avid traveler, loyal UVA fan and a die-hard Atlanta Braves and Dallas Cowboys fan. He also owns Champion Show Dogs. He can be found exploring the local wineries or taking time to fish.
Retired political consultant, consent technician, real estate broke, journalist, educator, UVA 1959.
John Conover has lived with wife, Virginia Daugherty, in the same house in Downtown Charlottesville for the past forty-five years, so they find it necessary to read, talk and travel to find the change needed to avoid a stagnant mind. John has been involved in local politics and, most recently, was an attorney at the Legal Aid Justice Center.
Sheila has worked in healthcare in the Charlottesville community since the early 1970s. She is now a Medical Assistant at OBGYN ASSOCIATES. She graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Professor Ervin L. Jordan, Jr. is an Associate Professor and Research Archivist at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library since 1979. He specializes in Civil War and African American history and is the author of three books including Black Confederates and Afro- Yankees in Civil War Virginia, named one of 1995’s best nonfiction books by Publisher’s Weekly. Since 2015 he has been an affiliated faculty at the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. By appointment and reappointment of six consecutive Virginia governors, Professor Jordan serves on various state boards and commissions.
He has contributed to a variety of academic and general publications including The African American Odyssey, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Encyclopedia Virginia, The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, and, Voices from Within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy. Professor Jordan’s local history publications include “Charlottesville and The University of Virginia In The Civil War,” The Virginia Battles and Leaders Series (Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1988), and, “A Just and True Account: Two 1833 Parish Censuses of Albemarle County Free Blacks,” The Magazine of Albemarle County History Vol. 53 (1995): 114-139. In 2017, Professor Jordan delivered a Harvard University guest lecture, “Slave Lives Matters?: Race & Redemption at the University of Virginia,” and contributed a chapter, “Perseverance and Resilience: African Americans at the University of Virginia,” in The Key to the Door: Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia, Maurice Apprey and Shelli M. Poe, eds. (University of Virginia Press). Several of his lectures and presentations are available on C-SPAN and YouTube.
Phyllis K. Leffler is Professor Emerita at The University of Virginia in the field of public history. In addition to two books on public history, she has published award winning articles on museum exhibits and on the history of women at UVA in The Public Historian and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. She has also published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, French Historical Studies, Transatlantic Studies and Ethnicities. Her interest in documenting peoples’ lives and experiences led her to co-publish “To Seek the Peace of the City: Jewish Life in Charlottesville,” and to be the lead interviewer for the Lowell Weicker Oral History Project, soon to be released through the U.Va. Library. An extensive oral history project with Julian Bond produced both a website and a book entitled Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond (2015). She also wrote the twenty-year history of the Ron Brown Scholars Program, published as The Value of One, The Power of All (2017). She is currently a member of the U.Va. President’s Commission on Slavery and will be President of the Southern Jewish Historical Society from November 2018 through 2020.
Senior Director and Associate Professor, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and former Scholar-in-Residence at the Corcoran Department of History.
Ken was born in Salisbury, N.C. September 11th, 1929, and moved to Charlottesville with his family in 1938. He graduated from Venable School (’42), Lane High School (1947), and the University of North Carolina with a degree in Chemistry in 1951. He graduated from the UVA School of Medicine in 1955. Ken spent two years in the Air Force as a rated Flight Surgeon and as CO of the 379th Tactical Hospital. He served 15 years on the Charlottesville Airport Commission (5 terms); two terms on the City Board of Equalization; and almost 35 years on faculty at UVA Med School. He was on staff at Martha Jefferson Hospital for 33 years. Ken has been married to Lucy (Poochie) Wallenborn for 64 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.
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