Trammell chosen as new Rector

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April 19, 2011

3:09 AM

The College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors selected a new rector by a unanimous vote Friday.
Jeffrey Trammell ’73 was chosen as the College’s new rector, succeeding Henry Wolf ’64 J.D. ’66.

“I am greatly honored,” Trammell said. “I am really excited to lead the Board.”

The rector serves as the chairman of the BOV, presiding over all BOV meetings and working alongside the College President Taylor Reveley on the executive council.

“I’m impressed by [Trammell], and I think he’ll do a great job as rector. I believe he’s committed to working with the College,” Reveley said.

Trammell is the founder and current president of Trammell and Company, a public affairs consulting firm, and has worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as counsel to a subcommittee chair on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. He also founded Almanac Publishing, which produces annual reference volumes on government organizations.

“I am very excited by Trammell … He is someone who can connect with students and really cares about the campus,” former Student Assembly President Chrissy Scott ’11 said.

Trammell came to the College in 1969 on a basketball scholarship and served as president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

“I spent four cumulative years on campus, meaning I spent enough time at the College to figure out how to build a better foundation,” Trammell said.

Trammell was appointed to the BOV in 2005 and 2009 and currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Strategic Initiatives, as vice chairman of the Richard Bland College Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee and the Committee on Administration.

“There is currently a much better student body, faculty and administration than when I was at the College,” Trammell said. “Students and faculty are not as aware as they should be of how valued they are by the BOV.”

The BOV also elected Charles A. Banks III vice rector, succeeding John W. Gerdelman ’75, and Dennis Liberson ’78 secretary, succeeding Janet Brashear ’82.

Flat Hat News Editor Vanessa Remmers contributed to this article

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