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Summer 2007

Longwood Men at Work

Tom Bailey, Class of 1984


Tom BaileyTom Bailey, ’84, is the president and CEO of PeopleSolutions, a Richmond company that provides contract staffing and consulting for information technology, engineering and scientific professionals.

Bailey, who has worked in the industry for 20 years, started the company in February 2006 after partnering with Jay Schwarz, president of The Richmond Group, an executive search and direct-hire staffing firm. "Jay was referred to me by a friend, and I found out that he had a vision similar to my vision," said Bailey. "Our goal is to have an organization which can provide a total human resources solution for our clients. We are able to provide these services through the two companies."

Bailey had worked previously for Quantum Resources, first as a recruiter in Richmond for about a year, then as a branch manager in West Palm Beach, Fla., for more than eight years and then back in Richmond, where he was regional manager and finally vice president.

He is a member of the Longwood Foundation board and the Corporate Advisory Board of the College of Business & Economics (COBE). In 2000 he and his wife, Mary, established an endowed scholarship in COBE in memory of their grandmothers, Louise Haskins Hawthorne Siddons, ’24, and Mary Pickett Wilson Bailey, who attended in 1922-23. "Since they were here at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if our grandmothers knew each other," Bailey said.

Tom and Mary live in Midlothian with their daughter and two sons. Tom Bailey, Class of 1984

Tom DeWitt, Class of 1980


Tom DeWittTom DeWitt, ’80, is a successful entrepreneur and a member of the Longwood Board of Visitors. He met his wife when both were Longwood students, and he later taught in the ROTC program during his 16-year Army career.

DeWitt is president and CEO of SNVC, which he co-founded in 1998. SNVC, an information technology firm based in Fairfax, was chosen in April 2006 as one of the 50 fastest-growing privately held companies headquartered in Virginia. It was ranked 28th for growth rate for 2001-04 in the annual awards program by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. In October 2004 SNVC was selected to Inc. 500 magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private businesses in the United States, having achieved 294 percent increase growth in revenues since 2000. In January 2005 SNVC, which has about 65 employees and another office in Arizona, launched a subsidiary company, Communications Decisions, which offers telecommunication solutions to the federal government.

DeWitt was commissioned in Longwood’s first class of ROTC graduates (the ROTC program started in 1977), then returned to Longwood in 1987 to teach in that program for two years. He met his wife, the former Cindy Doyle ’89, when he was a junior at Longwood and she was a freshman. He retired from the Army at the rank of major in 1996.

DeWitt was appointed to the Board of Visitors in July 2005 by then-Governor Mark Warner. He serves on the Government of Coalition advisory board and also is a member of the General Services Administration’s Information Technology Industry Government Council.

He and Cindy, the manager of a dental office, live in Fairfax Station and have a son and a daughter.

Dennis Hale, Class of 1991


Dennis HaleDennis Hale’s job is keeping Dinwiddie County safe. Hale, ’91, is the county’s director of fire and emergency medical services (EMS). He oversees six fire departments comprising about 200 firefighters, one volunteer rescue squad, and a staff of 21 EMS personnel and 19 emergency communications personnel. A native and lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County, he joined the Ford Volunteer Fire Department at age 18 but had to relinquish his membership upon assuming his current position in September 2004. He had previously been chief of the department and at the time was battalion chief (third-ranking officer).

After graduating from Longwood with a physics degree, Hale taught at Colonial Heights High School for three and a half years and coached the JV baseball team, then became a full-time firefighter in Chesterfield County in 1995.

In the summer of 2003, on his own initiative and working as a volunteer, he obtained a federal grant of nearly $512,000 that enabled Dinwiddie County to replace the personal protective equipment of every firefighter.

Hale received an Excellence in Virginia Fire Safety Award from then-Governor Mark Warner in February 2004. At the time, Dinwiddie County Administrator Wendy Weber Ralph praised his "unwavering consideration of his colleagues and ... unselfish approach to improve the Dinwiddie fire system."

Hale was one of the top pitchers in Longwood baseball history. The two-time Virginia College Division Player of the Year, he was selected a Division II second-team All-American and a first-team Academic All-American his senior year, twice was named regional pitcher of the year, and is Longwood’s leader in career wins (33).

He played on the team that won the South Atlantic Region championship in 1991 and advanced to the Division II College World Series.

His wife, Barbara, is a captain and EMS leader with the Ford Volunteer Fire Department. They have two sons, the younger of whom, three-year-old Aaron, might follow in his father’s footsteps. "I think he’ll be a firefighter since he’s a daredevil," Hale said with a laugh.

J. Harold Hatchett III, Class of 1983


J. Harold Hatchett IIIJ. Harold Hatchett III, ’83, is vice president of investor relations, North America, for Royal Dutch Shell, the parent company of Shell Oil.

Hatchett, who works in New York City (though he travels frequently), is a finance specialist who has held his current position for a little more than three and a half years. Before that he worked in London for four years as chief operating officer/global business services manager for Shell Finance Services, also part of Royal Dutch Shell. He started out with Shell in 1998 as chief financial officer for its exploration and production company in New Orleans. Royal Dutch Shell is the world’s second largest energy company, behind Exxon, with about 110,000 employees.

He previously held several positions with BMG/RCA Records in New York City for about 10 years, finally as vice president of finance for its classical division. Early in his career, he was chief financial officer for Heritage Inks International, a Citicorp Venture Capital company, and a financial analyst on Wall Street for Aetna Insurance. His current office is in mid-town Manhattan.

Hatchett, a Kenbridge native, was the speaker for Longwood’s 2002 commencement and was Executive-in-Residence in the College of Business & Economics (COBE) in 1996 and 2001. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board in COBE and a former member of the Longwood Foundation board. His wife, Charlease ’87, was one of the founders of Longwood’s African-American Alumni Special Interest Group and was instrumental in launching the organization’s Dr. Edna Allen Scholarship honoring a longtime social work professor who retired in 2003. Harold and Charlease live in Marlboro, N.J., with their daughter and son.

Drew Hudson, Class of 1990


Drew HudsonDrew Hudson, ’90, is the president and chief operating officer of a staffing company called The Choice Inc.

The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Culpeper, Hudson’s hometown, and Charlottesville. Its clients include the federal government, state and local governments, and the private sector. Hudson began his career in government contracting in the Washington area, then in 1996 he and his wife, the former Risa Paquin, ’90, along with their business partner, bought out the original owner of The Choice. Risa is vice president. "Life is good," says Hudson, president of the Longwood Alumni Association.

Hudson had never seen the Longwood campus until the day he arrived to begin his freshman year. "I only had the money for one application fee," he says. "I didn’t know a lot about Longwood, but I liked its rolling admission policy; that I could apply and be done with it. I entered an American Legion oratorical contest because the first prize was $100. I won the contest and paid my deposit with the $100. I was raised in an all-female home, by my mother and four older sisters, and my business partners are women, so it was appropriate that I selected a former all-female school. I majored in business education, intending to teach, but my plans changed."

Risa was a special education teacher and later a law librarian before going to work with Drew. They live in Annapolis, Md., with their daughter and two sons. "Outside of my family and business, my hobby is Longwood," Drew says.

Berman Scott, Class of 1951


Berman ScottBerman Scott, ’51, a retired administrator with the Mecklenburg County schools, was in the middle of one of the most historic days of the 20th century.

Scott served in World War II as a machinist’s mate on board the USS Rich, a destroyer escort which on the morning of June 6, 1944 was just off the Normandy coast taking part in the D-Day invasion. Two days later, about a mile off Utah Beach, the Navy ship was struck by German mines three times within less than 10 minutes. The first explosion, which hit amidships, did little damage; the second one blew about 30 feet off the stern; and the last explosion, at about 8:45 a.m., broke the keel near the ship’s bridge, killed all but 72 of its 215-man crew, and threw Scott into the water.

"Reporters said I was thrown 100 feet," said Scott, three days shy of his 19th birthday, who fractured both knees, broke his left arm and had several crushed vertebrae. "If I hadn’t been blown off the ship, I wouldn’t have survived. When the explosion occurred, I was talking with a friend from Wytheville, Bruce Weatherman, who was never found."

Scott, who landed feet first in the water, never lost consciousness, though he had no feeling below his waist, and was rescued by a PT boat. It took a little more than a year to recuperate, first in England and then in the United States, lastly at Fort Eustis in Newport News. To this day, he has no feeling in his right foot and still walks with a limp.

A Farmville native, Scott met his wife, Ruth Fleming Scott, ’46, a Mecklenburg County native, in 1943, a few months before he joined the Navy and during her freshman year at Longwood. They were married in 1947, and he entered Longwood the next year. She spent all but the first year of her 34-year career with the Mecklenburg schools, mostly as a seventh-grade math teacher. All of his 34-year career was spent with the Mecklenburg schools. He taught at Chase City High School, was assistant principal of Bluestone High School and finally was director of federal programs before retiring in 1985.

As a stringer (part-time reporter and photographer) for the Richmond newspapers from 1948-55, Scott took photographs of the March 6, 1949 fire at Longwood that destroyed White House Hall. A dramatic photo he took of that building engulfed in flames appeared the next day on the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and
the Richmond News Leader.

The Scotts, who have lived in Chase City since 1951, have two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren are Longwood alumnae: Melissa Rickman, ’92, a middle school math teacher in Roanoke, and Jennifer Benson, ’99, M.S. ’04, a third-grade teacher in Chase City.

David McWee, Class of 2002


David McWeeDavid McWee, ’02, is a software developer in the defense industry. Since October 2006 he has been a principal information engineer for PROSOFT, which manages software development projects for the Army and maintains the network for the U.S. Joint Forces Command. McWee, whose work is for the Joint Forces Command, is developing an information system that allows different military branches to share information and improve training. Though the company has offices in Hampton and Virginia Beach, he works at a government installation in Suffolk.

McWee previously developed software for The Consulting Network Inc., and before that he did software testing and evaluating for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren for four years. At Dahlgren he was a member of a three-person team whose other members were fellow Longwood alums Justin Bunch, ’97, and Steven Tsai, ’01. The team won awards in 2004 and 2005 for their work in testing and evaluating new Navy systems. In November 2006 McWee returned to Longwood to give a talk in the Mathematics & Colloquium Lecture Series. A Farmville native, he is the son of Dr. Wayne McWee, Longwood’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, and his wife, Deborah, an adjunct faculty member in Longwood’s College of Education and Human Services.

McWee and his wife, the former Stephanie Nelson, ’01, live in Yorktown, Stephanie’s hometown, with their two daughters.

Justin Trawick, Class of 2004


Justin TrawickIf you were a student at Longwood any time from 2000
to 2004, the chances are very good that you know the music of singer/songwriter Justin Trawick. While he was a student, Justin founded the group "Woodburn Road" which provided entertainment on many weekends at Longwood, at Hampden-Sydney College, in Farmville, and at many other venues throughout Virginia.

Although "Woodburn Road" disbanded after Justin graduated in 2004, his music continues. In January, Justin performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage where he debuted his new album, "How to Build a Life With a Lemonade Stand." The group consists of Justin on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals, accompanied by band members on cello, upright bass, piano, and drums.

According to his publicist, "Justin’s sound is a modern, upbeat, acoustic folk rock cross between Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and G. Love & Special Sauce."

Comfortable in his ability to incorporate multiple genres while still maintaining his own distinctive, organic sound, Justin’s music ranges from bluegrass to hip hop, thereby creating an urban, modern yet timeless feel that permeates the air of his recordings and live performances.

From the Knitting Factory in New York City, the Grapestreet Pub in Philadelphia, Rams Head in Annapolis, IOTA in Arlington, and even Antones in Austin, Texas, Justin has performed over 200 shows throughout the metro Washington area and beyond and is working hard at building a strong and loyal fan base. Justin has opened for Edwin McCain, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Bob Schneider (who recently toured with the Dixie Chicks), The Pat McGee Band, and Brett Dennen.

To see a complete show schedule and hear Justin’s album fully streamed online, visit www.justintrawick.com and www.myspace.com/justintrawick.