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JOHN CASTEEN, SUSAN GENOVESE, SUE ELLEN ROCOVICH JOIN JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION BOARD

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 31, 2012 – John T. Casteen III of Keswick, Susan L. Genovese of Midlothian and Sue Ellen Rocovich of Roanoke have joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees.  All were appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell, who also reappointed Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., of Charlottesville.  Dr. Casteen and Dr. Rocovich, appointed to terms through June 2015, succeed A.E. Dick Howard and William P. Butler.  Ms. Genovese succeeds Juliann J. Clemente, with an appointment through June 2014.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia. 

Dr. Casteen, president emeritus and professor of English at the University of Virginia, was the university’s president from 1990 through 2010.  He previously served as Virginia secretary of education and president of the University of Connecticut.  His service on the boards of numerous educational organizations and commissions includes terms as chair of the Association of American Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  In 2009 Dr. Casteen, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for service, the University of Virginia’s highest honor.

Ms. Genovese is president of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation and serves on the boards of Randolph College and Richmond Local Initiative Support Corporation.  She joined the Governor’s Commission recommending appointments to Virginia Public College and University Boards in 2010 and was a member of the Virginia State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.  A cum laude graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in mathematics, she worked for several years as an actuary.

Dr. Rocovich is a founding member of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors.  She worked as an emergency room physician for several years and has served on the Virginia State Board of Medicine and the boards of Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Foundation, Bradley Free Clinic of Roanoke and Mill Mountain Theatre.

Professor Jordan, who has served on the Foundation board since 2007, is an associate professor, university records manager and research archivist in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation board is comprised of General Assembly members, state officials, and gubernatorial and board appointees.