Sweet Briar board member named to Virginia Communications Hall of Fame

Bernie Niemeier, who serves as secretary of the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors, is among seven media and communications professionals to be inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame this year.

Bernie Niemeier

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Advisory Committee selected Niemeier along with Joseph Cortina, Pamela El, Jane Gardner, Gene Herrick, Jesse Vaughan and Dwayne Yancey.

Niemeier is the president and publisher of Virginia Business, a 30-year-old monthly magazine that serves as the leading source of business intelligence for top executives and government leaders across Virginia. He spent 30 years in the newspaper business, including 17 on the corporate staff of Media General Inc., one of the largest publicly traded newspaper companies in the United States. At Media General, Niemeier was a division vice president in charge of strategic planning, market research and newspaper acquisitions.

Community involvement is a key aspect of his success. Niemeier has worked with nonprofits and professional associations throughout his career. He is a past board chair of LEAD Virginia and has also served on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Niemeier graduated cum laude from Macalester College, received an MBA from the University of Richmond, and has attended executive development programs at Northwestern University, Babson College and The University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Married to Lisa Gray Niemeier, he is the father of Sweet Briar alumna Kathryn Niemeier ’05.

In January of 2007, he became publisher of Virginia Business, adding small-company entrepreneurial experience to his public-company corporate background. In September of 2009, he led a private equity-funded purchase of the magazine from Media General, to reach the ultimate goal of running an independent company.

The seven honorees will be inducted at the Altria Theater on March 29. Tickets will be available online starting Feb. 5.

The Virginia Communications Hall of Fame was established by the Robertson School (formerly the School of Mass Communications) in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986.

The Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Frazier Armstrong, managing partner of Armstrong Partners, and Jeff Wilson, vice president of Padilla, oversees the inductee selection process and provides strategic guidance on the management and execution of the Hall of Fame event. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to inspiring excellence in the communications industry.