Jeffrey Trammell (‘73) elected new Rector

On April 15, the Board of Visitors unanimously elected Jeffrey B. Trammell (‘73) the new Rector of the College. The Rector serves as the chair of the Board of Visitors. Trammell will succeed Henry “Hank” Wolf (‘64, J.D. ‘66), who served in the position for two years. Mr. Trammell has been on the Board since 2005.

During his time at the College, Mr. Trammell majored in History. Trammell served as president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was also the captain of the varsity basketball team.

Mr. Trammell received law degree from Florida State University in 1977. Mr. Trammell then worked for a number of years in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was counsel to a subcommittee chair on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Additionally, he founded Almanac Publishing, which produced annual references on government organizations.

Mr. Trammell served as Senior Managing Director of Hill & Knowlton, a worldwide communications firm, from 1988 to 2000 and is the president and founder of Trammell and Company, a consulting firm in D.C. In 2000, he was a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign and headed business outreach for the Gore campaign, as well serving as liaison for constituent groups.

Trammell will also be the first openly gay Rector of the College. Mr. Trammell has a background in LGBTQ lobbying and civil rights work, having served on the board of the Human Rights Campaign, the United States’ largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Charles A. Banks III was elected Vice Rector of the Board and will succeed John Gerdelman ’75. Dennis Liberson ’78 will succeed Janet Brashear ’82 as Secretary of the Board.

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