University of Virginia Retired Faculty Association

Board of Directors


Sharon Hostler – President

McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics (Emerita)
Vice Provost for Faculty Development


Richard Brownlee – Vice-President

E. Richard Brownlee II is the Dale S. Coenen Emeritus Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he served on the faculty for almost forty years. He is a member of the Raven Society and a founding member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club. He served as Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Executive Committee of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, where he presently serves on the Board of Directors. He served as Chair of the Audit Committee and as Treasurer of the Center (formerly the Senior Center), where he presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He also serves on the Finance and Administration Committee of First Presbyterian Church.

Ernie Ern

Senior Vice President and University Professor

Since my retirement in 2001 Petie and I have hosted a number of Cavalier Travel Trips for alumni and friends of the University.  Travels included several areas of Italy, Greece, Scotland, the Baltic Sea area, U.S. National Parks, Canadian Rockies, Alaska and Cuba.  Locally, I’ve been active with several University related groups….Miller Center, Jefferson Scholars, Gray Carrington Foundation, Charlottesville Symphony….and have supported UVA athletics.  Life now centers around family and friends and contacts with former students.

Leonard Sandridge

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Phil Chase – Past President

Editor Emeritus and Associate Professor Emeritus, Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia

In my retirement, I have appreciated having opportunities to expand my horizons, particularly through travel. I have been fortunate to be able to go with my brother to some interesting places like Vietnam, Nicaragua, India, Israel, and Italy, and with my wife Jeanne, to experience the beauty of America in Alaska, Montana, the Southwest Canyon County, and Vermont as well as our old favorites, the Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge. I have remained active in the Association for Documentary Editing and have been involved in a number of history-related projects, large and small, formal and informal, everything from George Washington to Jimmy Carter. Best of all, of course, is spending more time with family and friends and our dog.

Jerry Short – Secretary

Associate Dean School of Medicine
Professor Curry School of Education

Zan and I enjoy family, friends and travel. This year we spent September on Nantucket and visited three grandsons in colleges in New England. I continue to serve as an educational consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kathryn Thornton

Professor Emerita, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Since my retirement in 2019, I keep busy as a member of the board of directors of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority and a chair of the board of the Space Foundation.  I also enjoy long solitary walks.


Bob Ribando – Treasurer

Larry Pettit – Past President

Gordon Burris

Doris Glick