Roanoke College

Wortmann retires from Board of Trustees, Cregger elected new Chair

  • Wortmann retires from Board of Trustees, Cregger elected new Chair

  • 12/19/11
  • Roanoke College Board of Trustees chairman Robert Wortmann has retired from his leadership position after several years of overseeing significant growth and improvements at the College. The Board elected Morris Cregger as the new chair.

    Wortmann joined the Board of Trustees in 1989 and served on numerous committees, including the Building and Grounds Committee, Development Committee and Honorary Degrees Committee. He was elected chair of the Board in 2003. Wortmann, a member of the Class of '60, was honored by the college previously with the Roanoke College Medal, the highest award bestowed on alumni, and was recognized as one of the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni in 1992. Wortmann is retired from the company he helped to found, VRH Construction Company, a major construction company in the New York/New Jersey region specializing in building terminals at airports, such as the American Airlines terminal at JFK in New York.

    During Wortmann's tenure as board chair, Roanoke College built several new residence halls, completed a new four-lane entrance at Peery Drive, built Donald J. Kerr Stadium, and renovated academic buildings Trout Hall, Miller Hall and Lucas Hall. The Lucas renovation was Roanoke's first green project and is Salem's first LEED certified building.  Roanoke's faculty introduced an innovative new academic core curriculum, called Intellectual Inquiry. Also, during this time, Roanoke was honored as the 2009 Campus Activities Magazine "Campus of the Year" and was recognized as a national up-and-comer in U.S. News' Best College Rankings for 2011. Earlier this year, Roanoke also debuted in The Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges."

    Cregger, a graduate of the Class of 64, has been a member of the Board since 1998. He is the founder and CEO of Cregger Company, Inc. a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating and cooling products. Cregger Companies, based in West Columbia, SC, is one of the nation's top 25 companies in the plumbing distribution industry. He also is the founder and CEO of Cregger Capital, a capital investment company with over 70 properties in its portfolio. Cregger was honored as a Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumni in 1992.

    Cregger played basketball for the Maroons and is a charter member of Roanoke's Athletic Hall of Fame. Cregger also played soccer, tennis and ran track. He remains one of the top scorers with an average of 17.6 points per game in his career - making him second in Roanoke athletic records even today.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.

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