Below, you will see this year’s slate of nominees for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Board Development Committee reviewed nominations and worked to identify a diverse and highly qualified group of alumni to represent alumni interests to the university.
There are eight nominees this year based upon the 2015 vote to increase the size of the Board of Directors from 16 to 24 members. As explained, this increase is to happen over two election cycles with four new seats added with this ballot and four new seats to be added with the 2017 election.
The board also approved an administrative change to the election cycle so that board member terms will coincide with the College’s fiscal year that begins July 1 each year. To that end, you will see the next ballot presented for vote in late March of 2017. Any nominations by petition to place a nominee on that ballot must be received no later than Feb. 1. As always, nominations are encouraged and accepted all-year long for consideration by the Board Development Committee.
Cast your vote for the Alumni Association Board of Directors
If you have not already done so, please go online now to cast your vote for the current slate of nominees to replace four board members whose terms expire in 2017, as well as to elect four additional members expanding the board as approved by the membership last year. The board recommends a YES vote for the entire slate. Voting closes Nov. 6, 2016, at midnight. All alumni are eligible to vote in board elections. Full biographies and personal statements can be found at www.wmalumni.com/vote.
William Richardson ’74
“Whenever asked why I devote time and resources to the College, I recall the acceptance speech I heard Roy Charles (for whom the Charles Center is named) give when he received an award from the College some 30 years ago. He said simply, ‘I love the College.’”
Michelle Zimmer Ball ’78
“William & Mary has been a cornerstone of my life, and for that I am forever grateful. It’s a fine institution that enriched me with lifetime friends and an incredible education. In order for William & Mary to maintain its beautiful campus and continue its tradition of excellence, it is essential to engage alumni of all ages. Serving on the Alumni Board affords me the opportunity to assist with that effort.”
Anna-Maria Desalva ’90
“I have always been deeply proud of my affiliation with William & Mary, one of our nation’s great universities. We have an extra-ordinary heritage, a culture of achievement and service, and tremendous potential for the future. I want to contribute meaningfully to that future through my involvement with the Alumni Association.”
Scott Kelsey ’06, M.Acc. ’07
“I enjoyed my time at W&M so much that I decided to stick around an extra year! The friendships I developed during this time have shaped who I am today. I hope to use my experiences and love for the Tribe to grow alumni engagement. Go Tribe!”
Dennis Liberson ’78
“William & Mary was one of the great developmental experiences in my life. During my time there, I learned to raise my game which carried forward to graduate school and my business career. I hope to be able to take my understanding of the job market and recruiting to contribute to the College’s efforts to support recent graduates as they begin their careers.”
Pamela Brown Michael ’65
“Through the work of the W&M Alumni Association, we have meaningful opportunities, not only to support our students, but to interact and bond with the extraordinarily interesting and talented individuals within our global network.”
Janet McNulty Osborn ’85
“My life has been greatly enriched by my education at W&M as well as the wonderful friendships I have formed through alumni service to the College. I am fortunate to live in Northern Virginia where I see alumni of all ages leading and contributing professionally and personally to their communities.”
William C. Smith Jr. ’04 J.D. ’09
“My experience at W&M was transformative and I remember my time on campus with great fondness. The lessons I learned in college and law school have served as the foundation for my career in public service. I hope to se my experiences at W&M and beyond to help the College and its alumni for years to come.”
Nominations for Alumni Service Awards
The Douglas N. Morton Alumni Service Award and Young Alumni Service Award are given annually to individuals for their exceptional service to the Alumni Association and the College through their involvement in alumni chapters, clubs and constituent organizations. The Young Alumni Service Award is specific to individuals ages 25 to 35.
You may download a nomination form for this and any other alumni award at https://wmalumni.com/awards-and-recognition.html or contact the office of the executive director at 757.221.7855. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, 2017. The Board of Directors will select honorees at its spring 2017 meeting.
Nominations for Alumni Association Board of Directors
The bylaws of the William & Mary Alumni Association require all board members to be alumni of the College of William & Mary and active donors, regardless of giving levels, to any recognized fund of the institution or the Alumni Association. Members must be willing and able to attend regular and special board meetings, as required, in Williamsburg or other approved locales to conduct Alumni Association business.
You may find out more about the requirements for the alumni board and access nomination forms at www.my1693.com/?bod_nomination. Nominations are accepted all year but must be received by July 1 to be considered for election during that fiscal year.
Nominations for Honorary Alumni
The Alumni Association grants Honorary Alumni status to individuals with a distinguished record of service on behalf of the College. Many honorees have been active and supportive spouses of alumni leaders. To nominate an individual, submit a letter describing his or her visible and consistent involvement, advocacy, loyalty and affection for W&M. All letters must be signed.
Nominations may be submitted online at https://wmalumni.com/awards-and-recognition/honorary-alumni.html.
Mail your letter to Honorary Alumni Award, c/o Executive Director, WMAA, P.O. Box 2100, Williamsburg, VA 23187-2100.
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Honorary Alumni Award is Jan. 15, 2017.
Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Medallion
The Alumni Medallion recognizes individuals who have exemplary accomplishments in their professional life, service to the community, state or nation, and loyalty and commitment to the College of William & Mary. The Board will make the selection at their May meeting in 2017.
Nominations must be submitted on the form provided by the Alumni Association. It can be downloaded from the Alumni Association’s website at https://alumni.wm.edu/downloads/nomination_forms/Medallion.doc or it can be requested by calling 757.221.7855 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include any news articles, vitae, biographical sketches, etc. that are available as supporting documents. Up to three supporting letters may be included.
The Alumni Medallion reflects the honor and credit that recipients bring to the College through their actions and contributions. Deadline for submission of all nominations for the 2018 award is April 1, 2017.