Alumni Engagement

You're Always Welcome

Alumni Engagement's mission is to connect alumni with each other, with W&L, and to provide interesting avenues for lifelong learning.

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Image of W&L flags on event tents

On Campus Or In Your Hometown

Let's Celebrate Together

Alumni Engagement creates memorable reunions and destination events on campus and around the country.

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Office of Lifelong Learning

Education for Life

The best way to celebrate W&L's enduring commitment to lifelong learning is by experiencing it personally. Share in the life of the University with an educational adventure on campus, around the world or online.

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W&L's motto, Non Incautus Futuri, not unmindful of the future

W&L's motto, Non Incautus Futuri, not unmindful of the future

Colonnade Connections

Your W&L Online Community

From career networking to finding long-lost friends, Colonnade Connections is the university's online database.

Alumni Engagement

The staff of the Office of Alumni Engagement provides programming and support for W&L alumni.

John A. Jensen III ’01
John A. Jensen III ’01

John A. Jensen III ’01

Executive Director of Alumni and Career Services

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John was appointed executive director of Alumni and Career Services at Washington and Lee University in July 2022. In this role, he leads a combined team consisting of the offices of Alumni Engagement, Career and Professional Development, and Lifelong Learning. Working together, his team engages and supports students, alumni and parents throughout their W&L experience, from the first year on campus to graduation and beyond.

Katharine Farrar
Katharine Farrar

Katharine Farrar

Director of Alumni Chapter Programs

Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

Director of Alumni Reunions and Events

Murtaza M. Kapasi
Murtaza M. Kapasi

Murtaza M. Kapasi

Assistant Director of Alumni Affinity Programs

Bridgett Zitmore
Bridgett Zitmore

Bridgett Zitmore

Assistant Director of Alumni Chapter Programs

Katie Harlow
Katie Harlow

Katie Harlow

Alumni Engagement Operations Coordinator

Gary Kirk
Gary Kirk

Gary Kirk

Director of Lifelong Learning Programs

Gary joined the W&L community in 2023. Previously, he was an associate provost at Dickinson College, where he provided leadership for the Center for Civic Learning & Action and the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. His interdisciplinary teaching and research are grounded in the fields of nonprofit studies and public administration, and his recent projects have considered civic infrastructure, systems thinking, and community resilience. He is an expert on experiential learning pedagogy and community-engaged scholarship. Kirk holds a Ph.D. in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in ecology from New College.

Ruth Candler
Ruth Candler

Ruth Candler

Associate Director of Lifelong Learning; Host, Executive Producer for W&L After Class Podcast

Ruth joined Washington and Lee’s Office of Lifelong Learning in April 2019. Prior to this position, she managed the Class Secretary Program for University Development. She has held a number of marketing and managerial positions in the publishing and graphic arts industries.

Lisa D’Amelio
Lisa D’Amelio

Lisa D’Amelio

Lifelong Learning Program Coordinator

Lisa joined the Office of Lifelong Learning in August, 2021. She began her career at W&L as the Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Career Strategy at the Law School. Prior to her arrival at W&L in 2018, she worked in varied capacities in the field of education for more than twenty years. These experiences included teaching ESL for Rockbridge County Public Schools, Spanish at Waddell Elementary School, and English as a Second Language at Instituto Tecnológico in Chetumal, Mexico. Lisa also spent many years as the Director of a local preschool. She earned her M.Ed. from Wilmington University in 1996.

Kelley Melvin
Kelley Melvin

Kelley Melvin

Director of Constituent Strategy

Taylor Meeker
Taylor Meeker

Taylor Meeker

Assistant Director of Alumni and Career Services Marketing – Programs Lead

Pilar O'Valle Martinez
Pilar O'Valle Martinez

Pilar O'Valle Martinez

Assistant Director of Alumni and Career Services Marketing – Social Media Lead

Jesse Paul
Jesse Paul

Jesse Paul

Office Manager

Katharine Farrar
Michelle Jones
Murtaza M. Kapasi
Bridgett Zitmore
Katie Harlow
Gary Kirk
Ruth Candler
Lisa D’Amelio
Kelley Melvin
Taylor Meeker
Pilar O'Valle Martinez
Jesse Paul
John A. Jensen III ’01

Alumni in the News

W&L alumni are leaders in their professions and communities. Read on to see who is making news today.

Rector-Elect Wangdali C. “Wali” Bacdayan ‘92

Wangdali C. “Wali” Bacdayan ’92 Sworn in as Rector of Washington and Lee University

The board elected Bacdayan as the university’s 32nd rector during its October 2023 meeting.

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Secretariat statue

Chronicles: Racing Into History

A statue of Secretariat made a stop in Lexington last spring, as the man whose dream produced the Virginia-born racehorse was a W&L alumnus and trustee emeritus.

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Dan Einstein ’83 and Seng-Kah “Henry” Baey ’83

Friends Without Borders

Lifelong friends Seng-Kah “Henry” Baey ’83 and Dan Einstein ’83 reflect on their time at W&L.

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Mary Hipp ’90

Empathy & Compassion

In May, Mary Hipp ’90 said being a member of the second class of women undergraduates at W&L taught her a lot— although she didn’t realize it at the time.

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Chrishon McManus '14L

From Big Law to Foreign Assets

Chrishon McManus ’14L—attorney and competitive swimmer—radiates calm when it counts.

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Ross Draber '10 is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Bank. (Photo courtesy of United Bank)

For Ross Draber ’10, people come first

The United Bank senior executive engages with the W&L community through student recruitment and event participation.

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Reporter Rachel Adams-Heard '16 working out in the field.

Rachel Adams-Heard ’16 wins prestigious business journalism award

The Bloomberg reporter was recognized for her work on investigative podcast “In Trust.”

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Laura Lemon ’16

Catching up with Laura Lemon ’16

W&L’s campus culture — from small classes to the Speaking Tradition — gave Lemon the communication skills and confidence to succeed.

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Mike Weaver ’20

Catching up with Mike Weaver ’20

Weaver’s advice for current students: Take advantage of every opportunity and embrace respectful debate.

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Sarah Tilbor ’08

Catching up with Sarah Tilbor ’08

For Tilbor, W&L instilled a healthy curiosity and a lifelong love of learning.

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Kathryn Young ’19

Catching up with Kathryn Young ’19

Young learned the critical skills to excel at her job from the veteran journalists in Reid Hall.

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Wes Haydon ’09

Catching up with Wes Haydon ’09

Haydon credits the W&L community for inspiring him and guiding him toward success.

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