Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appointed John Rathbone, a retired chief financial officer (CFO), and Ardine Williams, a vice president at Amazon, on Friday, June 11, according to a press release. The pair will serve a four year terms beginning July 1.
“We thank Gov. Northam for his continued support. These appointments reflect the governor’s strong commitment to advancing higher education across the Commonwealth and here at William & Mary,” said President Katherine A. Rowe. “We welcome Ardine and John to the board. Each brings important insight to the opportunities facing higher education today as we prepare our students to thrive in a rapidly changing workforce.”
Rathbone is the father of two of the school’s alumni, and a former CFO for Norfolk Southern Corporation.
Williams works at Amazon’s HQ2 as the vice president of workforce development.
Northam also reappointed Barbara L. Johnson, a 1984 graduate of the W&M Law School and current board secretary, as well as J.E. Lincoln Saunders, class of 2006, to second terms.
The College’s Board of Visitors’ primary goal is to help the school in its long term planning and budgeting. The 17-member body meets several times a year and engages the campus and alumni communities through participation in annual and special events.