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Alumnus Appointed to Baseball Authority

Michael Frey

By Liz Sherman
What baseball fan wouldn't jump at the chance to catch Northern Virginia's own baseball team? That's what Mason alumnus Michael Frey, B.A. '83, has been up to since last February, when Governor James Gilmore appointed Frey as chairman of the prestigious Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority. Long-time Fairfax resident Frey was described by the governor as a "knowledgeable leader of the community and an excellent candidate."

"With Frey's leadership, I hope Virginia will be able to realize the enormous social and economic potential a baseball team will bring to the commonwealth," Gilmore wrote in a statement. "Promoting the benefits of attracting a Major League Baseball team to the commonwealth will remain a priority for this administration and the members of this authority."

Frey, who was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America in 1983, says he was appointed to the board in 1995 as a member, but this latest selection to head the Baseball Stadium Authority was flattering and "a little bit overwhelming."

"I am really excited about my new role and am very confident that we will be successful in bringing Major League Baseball to Northern Virginia," Frey says. "I am a lifelong baseball fan and supporter of bringing baseball here; however, the authority also must look out for the taxpayers, and we must ensure that any deal to build and bring a team here is a good one economically for the commonwealth."

As a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a program sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Frey became the first member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to represent the Sully District in 1991. Frey since has represented Fairfax County on the Washington Metropolitan Council of Government's Transportation Planning Board and its Environmental Policy Committee. He is currently the county representative to the Council of Government's Noise Abatement Committee and the Development Policy Committee, and is regarded by his peers as one of the most knowledgeable officials in Virginia land use and development issues.

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