Fall 2022 Issue

WMAA Board Notes and Award Nominations

Report from the spring meeting of the WMAA Board of Directors

By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21

Editor’s note: You can find information on how to submit nominations for Honorary Alumni (due Nov. 15, 2022), Alumni Medallion (due April 1, 2023) and Alumni Service Awards (due April 1, 2023) at wmalumni.com.

The William & Mary Alumni Association (WMAA) Board of Directors held its spring meeting at the William & Mary Alumni House on June 9-10, 2022. Some members attended virtually.

Anna Dinwiddie Hatfield ’96, board president, opened the meeting and welcomed the members. She also appointed the following committee chairs: Tina Reynolds Kenny ’92, P ’24, Board Development; Barbara Marchbank ’84, P ’15, inclusion, career, affinity and regional engagement; Brian Focarino ’11, J.D. ’15, communications; John Cole Scott ’00, finance and investment; George Cruser ’84, executive committee at large.

Following approval of the consent agenda, Marilyn Midyette ’75, chief executive officer, provided an overview of what we already accomplished this year relative to the strategic priorities of the association and provided information on what we are looking forward to for the balance of the year. Key highlights included:

Midyette also announced the selection of Howard J. Busbee ’65, J.D. ’67, M.L.T. ’68, L.H.D. ’22, P ’90, P ’04 as the interim CEO of the WMAA following her retirement.

Matthew T. Lambert ’99, vice president of university advancement, held a listening session with board members to inform the search for the permanent CEO.

Heather Golden, chief marketing officer, provided an overview of the university's Vision 2026 strategic plan. Amy Sebring, chief operating officer, presented W&M’s master housing and dining plan that arose out of the university’s Vision 2026 statement, "Evolve to Excel."

Kelly Holdcraft, senior director for career, affinity and regional engagement, provided a progress report on planning for W&M Weekend, to be held in San Francisco, June 1-4, 2023.

Jim Taylor ’69 provided an update on recent activities by the Olde Guarde Council. Ian Doty ’21, co-chair of the Young Guarde Council, and Joe O'Brien ’23, chair for Students for University Advancement, provided overviews of their respective organizations. They then lead the board on a campus tour highlighting new construction.

Ryan Caterwood and Chris Marshall, outside consultants, presented an Alumni Futurecast Workshop to the board about national trends in alumni engagement.

Chairs from the Communications, Board Development, Inclusion, Career, Affinity & Regional Engagement and Finance & Investment committees updated members on action items and priorities in their respective areas. 

Significant discussion and decisions also took place on the following actions:

The fall meeting of the board of directors was scheduled for Sept. 15-16, 2022, in Williamsburg.