Mr. Frank Batten was appointed to the Board of Visitors on February 9, 2002, and was reappointed to two additional four-year terms in 2005 and 2009. He served as Rector of the Board from 2002-2004.
Mr. Batten is chairman & CEO of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, which is based in Norfolk, Virginia. Landmark is a diversified media company that owns CBS television stations in Nashville and Las Vegas, and daily newspapers in Norfolk and Roanoke, Virginia, and in Greensboro, North Carolina. Landmark's largest division is Dominion Enterprises, which produces classified advertising publications, Internet advertising sites and web-based services. Landmark also owns Expedient Communications, which provides IT services in data centers.
From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Batten was president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, the daily newspaper in Norfolk. During 1990 and 1991, he served as marketing director and then as vice-president and associate publisher of the newspaper. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Batten was general manager and then publisher of The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Before that, he was a reporter for The Associated Press in London, England, for 18 months. His first position was at The Roanoke Times & World-News, where he worked as a reporter for two years and as an advertising salesman for one year.
Mr. Batten was educated at Dartmouth College, where he received a bachelor's degree in history in 1980. He received an M.B.A. in 1984 from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Batten and his wife Aimee reside in Norfolk, Virginia.