William & Mary is making its way to the Central region later this month to celebrate For the Bold with alumni, parents and friends. Chicago will be the latest stop on the university’s campaign road trip across the country.
More than 23,000 alumni, friends and family live in the Central region, which includes Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Colorado — the states with the most William & Mary alumni within the region. William & Mary has also traveled to Washington D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Richmond, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The seven co-chairs leading the campaign in the Central region are driven by their love for alma mater.
The Central region co-chairs are:
- David T. Croall ’77
- Michael P. Foradas ’78
- David A. Marshall ’94
- Edward Moreland ’80, P ’16
- Carla Shaffer Moreland ’81, J.D. ’84, P ’16
- H. Thomas Watkins, III ’74, P ’05, P ’11
- Wendy R. Watkins, P ’05, P ’11
Learn more about the co-chairs and their vision for the campaign below:
David T. Croall ’77
Hometown: Mason, Ohio
Professional Experience: Partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP
William & Mary Affiliations: Chair of the Annual Giving Board of Directors and member of the For the Bold Campaign Steering Committee.
About the Campaign: “As state funding has diminished quite dramatically over the years, the importance of private philanthropic support for William & Mary has increased just as dramatically. We hope that all W&M alumni can find something they are passionate about within the current, more evolved, version of our university, and support it to help today’s students and faculty have an extraordinary experience like we did all those years ago.”
Michael P. Foradas ’78
Hometown: Kenilworth, Illinois
Professional Experience: Partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP
William & Mary Affiliations: Chair of the William & Mary Foundation and member of the For the Bold Campaign Steering Committee.
About the Campaign: “William & Mary is truly a national and international powerhouse of higher education. But outside of the Virginia area, many people still think it is a small, private liberal arts college. The For the Bold campaign gives us an opportunity to educate our own alumni and others in this and other regions that William & Mary has evolved into a national university with great breadth and depth in the arts, sciences, business and professional fields.”
Carla Shaffer Moreland ’81, J.D. ’84, P ’16
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Professional Experience: A private practice attorney specializing in commercial transactions and a subspecialty in hospitality transactions and former general counsel of Wyndham Hotels.
William & Mary Affiliations: Board member of the William & Mary Alumni Association, Class of 1981 Reunion Committee member, the For the Bold Campaign Steering Committee member and parent of a William & Mary alumnus.
About the Campaign: “William & Mary changed our lives. My husband, Ed, and I met at W&M, were married in the Wren Chapel and all three of our children were baptized in the Wren Chapel. Many of the friends we made at William & Mary continue to be close friends today. The strong liberal arts education we received and the pursuit of excellence and lifelong learning that William & Mary instilled in us, has been a defining factor in our career and in our lives. Why wouldn't you want to give back to an organization that has had such a huge impact on your life? We challenge our fellow alumni to ask yourself, where would you be if William & Mary had not been in your life?”
Edward Moreland ’80, P ’16
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Professional Experience: Regional director at Radware, which provides cyber security solutions.
William & Mary Affiliations: Member of the Annual Giving Board of Directors, former Fund for William & Mary board member, Class of 1980 Reunion Committee member, the For the Bold Campaign Steering Committee member and parent of a William & Mary alumnus.
About the Campaign: “Because we're geographically distant from Williamsburg, Central region alumni don't have as many opportunities to attend William & Mary events as our East Coast alumni. Expanding the For the Bold campaign into the Central region provides new opportunities to talk about the university’s future and how to be a part of that vision.”
H. Thomas Watkins, III ’74, P ’05, P ’11 and Wendy R. Watkins, P ’05, P ’11
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois and Naples, Florida
Professional Experience: Former president and CEO, Human Genome Sciences, Inc.; previous experience with Abbott Laboratories and McKinsey & Co. William & Mary Affiliations: Vice rector of Board of Visitors, former chair of the William & Mary Foundation; members of the For the Bold Campaign Steering Committees; parents of two William & Mary alumni.
About the Campaign: “The William & Mary experience has helped shape who we are and our values. Giving back comes in different ways. For some people it’s financial and for others it may be contributing through the Alumni Association. Our family enjoys being part of the Tribe because the university has been so important to our lives. If we can help pass that message on to folks who are interested in William & Mary, if we can play a small a role in helping the university further develop — then why not? It’s a great place and only gets stronger every year.”