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Two Longwood Alumni Appointed to Board of Visitors

September 28, 2009

Rita Berryman HughesStephen Mobley
Rita Berryman Hughes, ’74 (left), and Stephen Mobley, ’93 (right)
Two Longwood University alumni, Rita Berryman Hughes, '74, and Stephen Mobley, '93, were recently appointed to the university's Board of Visitors by Gov. Tim Kaine.

Hughes, of Virginia Beach, retired chief operating officer of Virginia Beach General Hospital, and Mobley, of McLean, program manager for Discovery Logic, attended their first Board meeting Sept. 11-12. Both are former members of the Longwood Foundation Board, which manages the university's private funds.

Hughes and Mobley replace Barry Case and Tom DeWitt, whose terms expired June 30. Case, who currently chairs the Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee, served for eight years and is a former rector, and DeWitt served for four years. John W. Daniel II of Richmond, an attorney with Troutman Sanders, was re-appointed to another four-year term on the Board. Daniel chairs the Hull Springs Farm Foundation Board.

Hughes served from 1997 to 2003 on the Longwood Foundation and was the recipient of Longwood's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 1989. She and her husband, Dr. Felix A. Hughes III, were members of the steering committee for Longwood's first comprehensive campaign, a turning point: The Campaign for Longwood, which raised more than $33 million before ending in 2003.

Hughes went to work for Virginia Beach General Hospital as an administrative assistant in 1976. In 1985, at the age of 32, she became the administrator of the hospital, then the youngest female hospital chief executive in Virginia. She retired as the hospital's chief operating officer in 1989. After retiring from the hospital, she held a variety of positions in the health care field, including four years as vice president of physician services for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health Systems and senior consultant with Straight Path Management Inc. She was named one of Hampton Roads' Ten Outstanding Professional Women in 1986.

A Waverly native, Hughes earned a B.S. in business administration from Longwood in only three years, by attending summer school, and she has a master's degree in hospital administration from the Medical College of Virginia. At Longwood, she was chairman of the Residence Board and of summer school orientation in 1972; president of business club Phi Beta Lambda and its Outstanding Member of the Year in 1973; a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Geist, and several honor societies; and Longwood's representative to the Apple Blossom Festival in 1974, and she worked in the dining hall all three years and was head hostess her senior year.

"I am proud to say that I have maintained close friendships with seven of my fellow alums," Hughes said (this was featured in the story "Flowers on the Fence" in the Summer 2005 issue of Longwood magazine). "We have gotten together at least once every year since graduation - 35 years!"

Mobley has worked since February 2009 for Discovery Logic, a research and software engineering firm that consults with government, academia and private industry. He manages the NIH Electronic Scientific Portfolio Assistant project for the firm, located in Rockville, Md. He worked previously for two years as a graduate biomedical researcher, working on stem cell research, at Georgetown University, where he earned a master's degree in biochemistry in 2007.

He worked for America Online (AOL) from 1994 to 2000 when he left to pursue an M.B.A. at George Washington University, which he received in 2005, and worked at AOL again from 2003-06. He was a software developer, then a product manager and later a lead product manager.

Mobley served on the Longwood Foundation Board for nine years, with his third three-year term (members are limited to three consecutive terms) ending this May. An Annandale native, he earned a B.S. in biology at Longwood, where he was president of Biology Club and lived on the International Studies Hall in the Cunninghams for two years.