July 10, 2008 – Helen Dragas of Virginia Beach, chief executive officer of the Dragas Group, and Robert D. Hardie of Charlottesville, managing director of Level One Partners, LLC, have been appointed today to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors by Gov. Tim Kaine.
In addition to appointing Dragas and Hardie, Gov. Kaine reappointed two other board members — W. Heywood Fralin of Roanoke, who is the Board’s rector, and Glynn Key of Atlanta.
The appointments of Dragas and Hardie will be effective with the Board’s July 25-26 retreat in Richmond.
As CEO of The Dragas Companies, Dragas is responsible for residential and commercial property development, property management and mortgage lending activities. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Lee Evans Award for Business Management Excellence from the National Association of Homebuilders and Builder Magazine.
Committed to the Hampton Roads community, Dragas serves as director of Virginia Beach Vision, as well as the Hampton Roads Partnership, a unique public-private organization that provides leadership on strategic issues to improve the region’s competitive position in the global economy. She has also served as Commonwealth Transportation Board commissioner and as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission.
In addition to her role as vice-chairwoman of the Virginia Beach Performing Arts Theatre Advisory Council, Dragas is the former director of the Virginia Beach Library Foundation. She is also a founding member of the Hampton Roads chapter of Girls on the Run, an experiential learning program for girls age 8 to 13.
Dragas graduated from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1984 and went on to earn her M.B.A. at the University’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in 1988. An honor graduate of Norfolk Academy, she also serves as chairwoman of the education committee for her alma mater’s board of trustees.
Dragas lives in the Virginia Beach area with her husband, Lewis Webb III, and their three children.
Hardie received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences in 1987 as well as an M.B.A. in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Management in 1999, both from the Darden School.
In addition to serving as managing director of Level One Partners, an investment company, he serves on the boards of several businesses. He is currently chairman of Intrinergy LLC, a renewable energy company headquartered in Richmond, and is a director of The Riverstone Group, a privately held company. As a director of the Riverstone Group, Hardie serves as chairman of Historic Hotels of Richmond, LLC, and Historic Hotels of Nashville, LLC.
Hardie also served as an adjunct member of the Darden faculty from 1999 to 2007. His courses, taught in the second year of the MBA program, concentrated on the role of general manager. His main course was titled “General Managers Taking Action.” He also taught a management seminar as well as teaching executive education courses on e-business and valuation of high-technology and rapidly growing firms.
He is co-author of two books, “Corporate Strategy” and “Principles of General Management.”
In 2006, Hardie was appointed by Kaine to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates. He is also a member of the board of trustees and treasurer of St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville.
Hardie, his wife, Molly, and their four sons live in Charlottesville.