On April 17, the William and Mary Board of Visitors unanimously elected alumnus Henry C. Wolf '64, J.D. '66, retired chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern, as the College's next rector. Wolf will take the post on July 1, 2009.
Wolf will succeed Michael K. Powell '85, D.P.S. '02, who will step down from the Board of Visitors this summer following his second term on the board, including two terms as rector. John W. Gerdelman '75 was elected Wolf's successor as vice rector and Janet Brashear '82 was elected secretary of the board. Brashear will succeed Suzann W. Matthews '71, who also served two terms as an officer. The rector serves as chair of the College's Board of Visitors.
Wolf, of Norfolk, Va., has a long connection with the College and academics. He received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1964 and in 1966 received his law degree from the William and Mary Law School. Wolf was first appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2003. He was reappointed in 2007 and has served as vice rector since 2006. Wolf is also an emeritus member of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Council and a former member of the Board of Visitors at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Wolf currently serves as chair of the finance committee and vice chair of the executive and administration committees of the College Board of Visitors.
"This is a truly talented and committed board and I am humbled to be elected as its next rector," Wolf said. "Serving as vice rector has been an inspiring experience and I hope to continue the great work made possible by Michael Powell's leadership and look forward to working even closer with President Reveley. I am truly honored."
"My term on the Board will end in June as will my tenure as rector. It has been a great pleasure to serve my College and work with such exceptional colleagues and friends these past seven years," Powell said. "It is also time for someone else to have an opportunity to lead and I know Hank, John and Janet are the right team to work closely with President Reveley and this college community to take William and Mary to the next level."
Added William and Mary President Taylor Reveley, "Michael Powell has served this College with extraordinary vision and effectiveness as a Board member and its rector. He is a cherished son of the College who will remain a vital part of William and Mary even after his term on the Board comes to an end. Hank Wolf, John Gerdelman and Janet Brashear are equally dedicated to William and Mary. I look forward very much to working with them in the years ahead. Let me also salute the exceptional service of Bobbie Ukrop '61, who attended her final meeting after two terms on the Board. Her commitment to the College sets the bar."