F. Gillis Green '85
R. Earl Johnson '66
Charles W. Steger
R. Douglas White '80
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren welcomes four recently elected
members to the R-MC Board of Trustees. The new trustees will serve on the Board
beginning July 1, 2014.
F. Gillis Green ’85
F. Gillis Green is a principal at Green Law Firm, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland. Green
has practiced law for 26 years, primarily concentrating on commercial real estate
law and general corporate law for privately-held corporations. Green has worked
at large, national law firms (including Patton Boggs LLP and Blank Rome Comiskey
and McCauley LLP), and also served as in-house counsel at a publicly held bank holding
corporation and a real estate development firm. Currently, he is a solo practitioner,
advising clients in all aspects of commercial real estate law, focusing primarily
on financings and acquisitions. He has provided real estate advice for lenders,
equity partners, borrowers, landlords and tenants, as well as institutional investors
in most of the major markets in the United States.
Green is a former member and immediate past president of the Board of Trustees of
St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. He has consistently focused his philanthropic
efforts on educational institutions and also serves on the Board of Trustees of
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a middle school serving low-income families of diverse
ethnicities in Baltimore City designed to develop boys’ intellectual, physical and
spiritual qualities. Green also serves on the Board of Irvine Nature Center, a nature-based
learning center and pre-school in Owings Mills, Maryland with a mission to educate
and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.
He is also a past president of Randolph-Macon’s Baltimore-area alumni club, and
as such, served on the R-MC Society of Alumni Board.
Green, who played lacrosse at R-MC and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, is a
member of the R-MC Presidents Society. He earned his B.A. in political science from
R-MC and his J.D. from the University of Maryland.
R. Earl Johnson ’66
R. Earl Johnson is vice president of Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC in Richmond,
A professional engineer, Johnson was the owner of Genesis Development Co from 1986-2004.
Prior to starting Genesis, he served as president of Hardwicke Johnson, Inc., an
architectural and engineering firm, and prior to that he was with the Richmond architectural
firm Torrence, Dreelin, Farthing & Buford.
Johnson, who earned a B.S. in general science from Randolph-Macon College and a
B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, served in the U.S. Air Force
from 1966 to 1969. He’s been a member of numerous professional and civic organizations.
At R-MC, he has served as a Class Agent, and as a member of the Board of Associates
and the Social Entrepreneurship program. He is currently a member of R-MC’s Presidents
Society and Heritage Society.
In 1989, Johnson’s wife Gail founded the Rainbow Station pre-school franchise and
the Get Well Station, for children with mild or chronic illnesses. The business
evolved into two company-owned centers and 10 franchises, including one in Shenzhen,
China. Genesis designed the 7,500-square-foot building in which the Rainbow Station’s
Three Chopt branch in Richmond is housed.
Charles W. Steger
President of Virginia Tech since 2000, Charles W. Steger retired on May 31, 2014.
Among the highlights of Steger’s presidency are the university’s adoption of “A
Plan for a New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech 2012-2018”; the “Principles of
Community” (2005); the “Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment” (2009); and the
fulfillment of Virginia Tech’s 50-year-old dream to join the Atlantic Coast Conference
During his tenure, the university added more than 2.4 million square feet of space,
mostly in new construction, surpassing all growth that occurred over the entire
period between 1872 and 1960. In addition, the university’s annual research expenditures
have increased more than 300 percent, now topping $496 million. During his presidency,
five international centers have been established around the globe, and another is
being developed in India. Steger also played a key role in the Higher Education
Restructuring Act, which took effect in 2006.
He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree, his Master of Architecture degree,
and his Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech.
R. Douglas White ’80
R. Douglas White and his wife Polly are owners of Whitestone Partners, Inc., a management
consulting firm in Midlothian, Virginia that specializes in helping small and midsize
businesses grow profitably. The Whites are also angel investors and serve as advisors
to their portfolio companies. White began his professional life with McKinsey &
Company, one of the world’s preeminent strategy consulting firms. He served as a
senior executive at Capital One and worked as the CEO or COO of several small and
midsize companies in diverse fields including manufacturing, sales and distribution,
consumer lending and investment brokerage.
Active in the R-MC community, White was a member of the Board of Trustees (2001-13),
the Board of Associates (1991-99), and the Yellow Jacket Club Board (2002). The
Whites established the Class of ’80 Scholarship and donated the video display board
for the football/lacrosse field. They are members of the Heritage Society and the
Presidents Society. Doug is a former Class Agent and a former member of the Annual
Fund Committee. He served as chair of the Enrollment Committee and was the founding
chair of the Athletic Committee. He frequently speaks on the value of a Randolph-Macon
education to groups including prospective scholarship recipients and football recruits.
He was also R-MC’s Commencement speaker in 2002. In 1995, he was the recipient of
R-MC’s Young Alumnus Achievement Award.
The Whites are the authors of Let Go to Grow: Why Some Businesses Thrive and Others
Fail to Reach Their Potential, which is an Amazon Best Seller and was named
a Best Business Book of 2011 by the National Federation of Independent Business.
The Whites are also syndicated columnists, appearing weekly in publications such
as Work It, Richmond, Entrepreneur.com and US Daily Review. Doug is also the author
of Memoirs of a Yellow Jacket, My Experience as a Student Athlete at Randolph-Macon
White is an active member of Bon Air Christian Church where he is a deacon, the
president of the congregation, and frequently preaches and leads worship in the
minister’s absence. The Whites live in Midlothian, Virginia and are the parents
of three adult children, two of whom are Randolph-Macon alumni. White earned his
B.S. in physics from Randolph-Macon College, his B.M.E. and his M.S. in mechanical
engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.B.A. from Harvard