"I shudder to think what this community would look like if we didn't have Harvest. The things it has done have been transformative. Money has been invested ... with the right mindset of job creation and moving the community forward."
- Cynthia Ingram, Former Member - Harvest Foundation Board of Directors
The New College Planning Comission will consist of nine people - three from The Harvest Foundation, three from academia and three from the community.
They will work with government, the private sector and the new director on establishing the college. Members are:
Douglas I. Payne of Henry County, executive vice president of finance and administration of Stanley Furniture Co. Inc. and president of The Harvest Foundation's board;
Donald R. Hodges of Henry County, president of West Window Corp. and immediate past president of the foundation's board;
Marshall W. Stowe of Henry County, executive director of the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association, chairman of the board of Patrick Henry Community College and president-elect of the foundation board;
Dr. Ronald G. Kander of Harrisonburg, head of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University;
Minnis E. Riddenour of Blacksburg, retired executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Virginia Tech;
Colette Sheehy of Charlottesville, vice president for management and budget for the University of Virginia;
Elizabeth H. Haskell of Martinsville, former state secretary of Natural Resources;
Kimble Reynolds Jr. of Martinsville, an attorney and vice mayor of Martinsville; and
Robert H. Spilman of Henry County, president and chief executive officer of Bassett Furniture Industries.
The foundation board also names former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles - formerly of Patrick County and now a partner in the law firm of Hunton and Williams - as the commission's counselor and senior adviser, according to the release.
Haskell said on Tuesday she had not been notified of her appointment, but she had been asked if she would be willing to serve on the commission.
She said she replied that she "would do anything I could to make the New College of Virginia a reality."