William & Mary enjoys a rich history of producing leaders who have made a meaningful impact on the world. It has a strong reputation for creating graduates who think rigorously, look beyond boundaries, uncover new opportunities and solve problems creatively. By underscoring the importance of leadership as a core theme and a major institutional focus, William & Mary will continue to prepare graduates to welcome change and challenge, to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity, and to embrace diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
Learn more about our leaders through our notable alumni.
James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, attended William & Mary until 1776, when he left to fight in the Revolutionary War. He served as governor of Virginia and held two Cabinet positions simultaneously — secretary of war and secretary of state. His policies continue to make meaningful impact in the United States and around the world. Through the campaign, the Alma Mater of the Nation — James Monroe’s alma mater — will raise funds to continue his legacy of leadership in the 21st century.
Jim '62, J.D. '64, LL.D. '00 and Fran '66 McGlothlin
"We both believe in the power of giving back and its ability to change or improve a worthy cause."
Mike '95, L.H.D '08 and Kiya '96 Tomlin
“This is a place that instills the belief that anything is possible. At William & Mary we learned to take risks and adapt to change, to seize opportunities and overcome difficulties..."
Rob '74 and Jean '75 Estes
"William & Mary is home to us. It is where we met. It is where we learned many of our life lessons, and it is where we made most of our lifelong friends. We are grateful that we can give back."
Todd '96 and Katie '95 Boehly
"One thing that William & Mary has done exceptionally well for generations of students is open doors of opportunity."
Michael '85 D.P.S. '02 and Jane '85 Powell
“William & Mary develops leaders with character. Our students are principled and selfless, finding meaning through service to something beyond their own aggrandizement..."