Spring 2014 Issue

News Briefs

By W&M Alumni Magazine

Suzette Kimball ’73 nominated to lead U.S. Geological Survey
President Barack Obama has nominated W&M alumna Suzette Kimball ’73 to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Kimball has served as acting director of the USGS, the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, since February 2013.

“Business Innovation” launches in support of William & Mary Promise
W&M recently launched an initiative that will enhance its business processes to support its long-term success as a leading liberal arts university. Aptly named “Business Innovation,” the effort is part of the William & Mary Promise, a new operating model adopted by the Board of Visitors in April 2013. As part of the innovation aspect of the Promise, William & Mary will work with outside consultants to conduct a comprehensive review of its operations. The consultants will not look at the academic programs.

William & Mary alumni appointed to state cabinet positions
Four William & Mary alumni were named to positions in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cabinet. Paul Reagan ’82 will serve as chief of staff, Ric Brown ’68 as secretary of finance, Karen Jackson M.B.A. ’91 as secretary of technology and Molly Ward J.D. ’87 as secretary of natural resources.

The Hon. John Charles Thomas spoke at the dinner in the William & Mary Alumni House.
photo by Gretchen Bedell

W&M Law School celebrates African-American alumni
Alumni gathered at the Law School in February for the first African-American Law Alumni Celebration, an event that brought together nearly 70 African-American graduates from 31 classes. Participants had the chance to hear from alumni about their career paths and from university leaders who addressed the history of African-Americans at the College of William & Mary and at the Law School. Guest speakers during the weekend included Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia and Justice John Charles Thomas (ret.) of the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the William & Mary Board of Visitors.