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McDonnell Names BCET Alumna to ODU's Top Board

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday announced four appointments to Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors. Appointed to the board:

* Richard Cheng, chief executive officer of JRC LLC and a longtime Virginia Beach entrepreneur

* Robert Tata, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP

* Dr. Mary Maniscalco-Theberge of Reston, deputy medical inspector of the Veterans Health Administration

* Jodi Gidley, president of AGL Resources subsidiary Virginia Natural Gas

The 17-member Board of Visitors, the university's top governing body, controls the university's rules and budget and names its president. Terms on the board last four years. Other board members and their term expiration years are: Jeffrey W. Ainslie (2014); David L. Bernd (2016); John F. Biagas (2016); J. William Cofer (2015); Dee D. Gilmore (2014); Luke M. Hillier (2014); Marc Jacobson (2014); Andrea M. Kilmer, secretary, (2015); Barry Kornblau, vice rector, (2015); Frank Reidy (2015); Ronald C. Ripley (2016); Judith O. Swystun (2016); and Fred J. Whyte, rector, (2014).

Among the newly appointed, Gidley received her master's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University. Her undergraduate degree in mathematics came from the University of Pittsburgh.

In June 2007, Jodi Gidley was named senior vice president, Mid-Atlantic Operations, for AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) and president of three of its subsidiaries: Elizabethtown Gas (New Jersey), Elkton Gas (Maryland) and Virginia Natural Gas. Ms. Gidley is responsible for all aspects of operations at these utilities.

She currently serves on several boards including Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Partnership, Old Dominion University Educational Foundation and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.

Published on: August 1, 2013