MEDIA ADVISORY: Foster's Swearing-In Ceremony Set for Feb. 15 in U.Va. Pavilion I; Alumnus Is a New State Board of Education Member

February 12, 2010 — University of Virginia law alumnus David M. Foster has been appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Foster's swearing-in ceremony will take place Monday at 10:30 a.m. at U.Va., in Pavilion I on the Lawn.

U.Va. Curry School of Education Dean Robert Pianta and his wife, Ann McAndrew, who reside in Pavilion I, will host the event. Foster's wife, Martha, is a Curry School alumna.

The Honorable Ronald L. Napier, judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Clarke County and a U.Va. law graduate, will administer the oath.

McDonnell announced Foster's appointment, along with that of Betsy Beamer, a former secretary of the commonwealth, on Feb. 3. Both appointments were effective Jan. 30 and are subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.

"Betsy and Dave know firsthand the importance of ensuring every Virginia student gets a world-class education. They understand it both as parents and as longtime leaders in the public life of our commonwealth," McDonnell said in his press announcement. "Dave is a former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, and we worked closely together when he served as a member of our Youth Internet Safety Task Force in the Office of the Attorney General."

Foster began his public service career in 1975 as legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Robert Daniel Jr. of Virginia's Fourth District. He has practiced law since 1981 with the international firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. He has been a partner there since 1990, representing clients before federal and state courts and agencies in antitrust, consumer protection and other matters.

A native and longtime resident of Arlington, Foster has been married for 29 years to Martha Foster.

Foster joins Billy K. Cannaday Jr., dean of U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, on the state education board. Former Gov. Timothy Kaine appointed Cannaday to the board last year.

The Board of Education consists of nine members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. Members are appointed to serve a term of four years. No member shall be appointed to more than two consecutive four-year terms.

The mission of the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction, in cooperation with their partners, is to set education policy and provide leadership that improves the achievement of all students by advocating for effective programs that address individual and diverse learning needs of students, establishes high standards and has high expectations for learning, measures student performance, provides accountability to the public, and promotes a culture of lifelong learning.

— By Rebecca Arrington