Remembering former W&M Rector Hays T. Watkins

Former William & Mary Rector Hays T. Watkins LL.D. ’82, a longtime supporter of the university and father of former Vice Rector H. Thomas Watkins III ’74, died July 29, 2022.

Hays Watkins had a long career in the railroad and transportation industry, most recently serving as chairman and CEO of CSX Corporation. He served on the W&M Board of Visitors from 1984 to 1993 and as rector from 1987 to 1993, during which time the university completed a successful $150 million campaign and celebrated the 300th anniversary of the charter. 

“Hays and his family have been integral to the growth of William & Mary over the past five decades,” said William & Mary Katherine A. Rowe. “We mourn with the Watkinses and honor Hays’ legacy by celebrating his distinguished leadership. He made serving W&M a family tradition. We will see the effects of his foresight and support ripple throughout the university for generations to come.”

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