The William & Mary Board of Visitors has unanimously elected alumnus Jeffrey Trammell (pictured center at a college diversity forum) as the college’s next rector. The rector serves as chair of the Board of Visitors, the college’s governing body.
Trammell has a history of LGBT advocacy as former chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and as former member of the board of the Human Rights Campaign. Trammell was also one of the founders of the Gay and Lesbian Remembrance Project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In 1999, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore and in 2004 as senior advisor on the Kerry-Edwards campaign. In 2001, he found Trammell and Company, a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where he currently resides.
Trammell, who was appointed to the board of William & Mary in 2005 and re-appointed in 2009, is the 79th Rector of the the nation’s second oldest higher learning institution charted in 1693.
He received his B.A. in History from the college in 1973. The Florida native came to William and Mary in 1969 on a basketball scholarship and later was an all-conference player and captain of the William & Mary team.
William & Mary is has 5,800 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. Trammell assumed the new post on July 1.
Diversity and inclusion are essential features of [these] businesses, and recruiting and retaining the best employees—including those in or allied with the transgender community—is a critical component of their diversity missions.”