Board of Visitors Honors the Late Mary Ann Hovis '65

Mary Ann Jennings Hovis ’65 and Bob Hovis
Mary Ann Jennings Hovis ’65 and Bob Hovis

The Radford University Board of Visitors (BOV) unanimously approved a resolution at the Sept. 15 campus BOV meeting in honor of the late Mary Ann Jennings Hovis ’65, who at the time of her death Aug. 26 was a member of the BOV.

Hovis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social science from Radford College in 1965. She served on the BOV from 2002-10, including terms as rector in 200405 and 2005-06, and served again from 2015-17. She also served on the Radford University Foundation Board of Directors, the Radford University National Alumni Association and as Capital Campaign Tri-Chair. She had been recognized by multiple Virginia governors as a technology industry leader, proud citizen, steadfast supporter, alumna, ambassador and member of the Radford University family.

“Mary Ann was one of our most loyal, generous and dedicated alumni whose ‘can-do’ attitude was infectious and an inspiration to many generations of the Radford family,” said Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

“Mary Ann Jennings Hovis was a champion for Highlander students, tirelessly working toward the betterment of the Radford experience, personally investing in student support, engaging with students both on and off campus, attending and supporting activities and hosting events in her home,” the resolution stated.

Hovis believed in Radford University students’ success and personally invested in their futures through her support of the Mary Ann Jennings Hovis Scholarship, the Dr. Edward Jervey Scholarship, the Presidential Scholars program, the Covington Center, the Selu Conservancy and Radford University Athletics, among other initiatives.

She also spent countless hours in support of Radford University, including her participation in Advocacy Day in Richmond and accompanying busloads of students from Northern Virginia to visit Radford University.

The resolution stated that Hovis “encapsulated the true spirit of a Highlander, the qualities of leadership, integrity, honesty, compassion, strength and optimism.”

“The Radford University Board of Visitors will deeply miss her joy, laughter and presence,” the resolution continued. “The members of the Radford University Board of Visitors hereby posthumously recognize and salute Mrs. Mary Ann Jennings Hovis as a person to emulate, and extend to her loving spouse, Robert, our sincere gratitude for the time and energy both he and Mary Ann spent on behalf of Radford University.”

Jun 28, 2018