New Members Appointed to BOV

Posted: August 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gov. Mark Warner has appointed four new appointees to George Mason’s Board of Visitors: Harry Hopper of Alexandria, a partner at Columbia Capital; Carol Kirby of Manassas, former owner of Merchant’s Incorporated; Roger Mody of McLean, founder and chairman of The Mody Foundation; and Ernst Volgenau of McLean, chairman and CEO of SRA International Inc. Each will serve a four-year term.

The new members succeed Mel Chaskin, Dorothy Gray, Edwin Meese, and Edwin Feulner.

Harry Hopper has been a partner at Columbia Capital since 1994. This firm, which focuses on the communications and information technology sectors, is headquartered in Alexandria. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Hopper served as executive vice president of Bachtel Cellular Liquidity, LP. Hopper received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD degree from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

Carol Kirby sold Merchant’s Incorporated in 2003. Additionally, she has been heavily involved in a number of community projects, including the development of the Hopkins Candy Factory in downtown Manassas and Virginia’s Main Street program. She earned an undergraduate degree at the University of West Florida.

Roger Mody’s foundation helps provide higher education funding for underprivileged children. Mody is the former chairman and CEO of SIGNAL Corporation, located in Fairfax. Mody also devotes much of his time to philanthropic efforts. He is involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Easter Seals, Volunteer Emergency Families for Children, Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow, and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Intern Program.

Ernst Volgenau founded SRA International Inc. in 1978. He has 40 years of experience analyzing, designing, and developing large technological systems of all types. Prior to founding this company, Volgenau served as director of inspection and enforcement in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Volgenau received his PhD in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

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