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The William & Mary Board of Visitors will keep its current leader for another year.
Board members unanimously re-elected Todd Stottlemyer as rector. The board also selected H. Thomas Watkins III as vice rector and Sue Gerdelman as secretary, replacing Robert Scott and Thomas Frantz, respectively.
“Todd Stottlemyer has been an extraordinarily effective rector,” William & Mary president Taylor Reveley said in a news release. “He is a natural leader who commands great respect throughout the William & Mary family and throughout the Commonwealth. It is W&M’s very good fortune that he’s agreed to continue leading the Board. We are also fortunate to have Tom Watkins and Sue Gerdelman willing to serve the Board, as Bob Scott and Tom Frantz have done so well.”
Stottlemyer will begin his second term as rector July 1.
“We’ve made great progress in recent years at the Alma Mater of the Nation,” Stottlemyer said in a news release. “There are many bold efforts underway. I look forward to working with our faculty, students, staff, my colleagues on the Board, and President Reveley so that we can build on that momentum.”
Stottlemyer is a 1985 graduate of the College of William & Mary, earning a bachelor’s degree in government and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1991 and works in the technology sector. He was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2011 by former Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Watkins graduated from William & Mary in 1974, receiving a degree in business administration and accounting, and went on to receive an MBA from the University of Chicago. His father served on the Board of Visitors from 1984-1993, and served as its rector from 1987-1993. Watkins was first appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2013 by former Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Gerdelman is a member of William & Mary’s class of 1976, graduating with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Washington state before working at the White House in George W. Bush’s administration. She was first appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2013 by former Gov. Bob McDonnell.