The Associated Press February 22, 2010, 4:52PM ET

UVa President Casteen named Altria director

Cigarette maker Altria Group says University of Virginia president John T. Casteen III has been elected to the company's board of directors.

The Richmond, Va.-based owner of Philip Morris USA, which makes the top-selling Marlboro brand, said Monday that it also increased its board from nine to 10 directors.

The 66-year-old Casteen is leaving office Aug. 1 after 20 years as the school's president. After that, he will become president emeritus of the Charlottesville, Va., school.

He currently serves as a director at Sage Publications Inc., Jefferson Science Associates LLC, and the Virginia University Research Partnership Inc. Casteen also is a member of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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