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Alumni Engagement’s mission is to connect alumni with each other, with W&L, and to provide interesting avenues for lifelong learning. While we can’t be together in person, we want you to have the latest highlights of our programming.
- Adhering to the University’s policies and protocols for campus visitors during the pandemic, we regret that all on-campus alumni events have been canceled through May 5, 2021. This includes Five Star Festival/Institute for Honor, Tom Wolfe Weekend and Alumni Weekend. We intend to have robust virtual offerings in place of these in-person events.
- See our full listing of virtual events for alumni!
- If you missed any sessions of our discussion series: Prejudice, Discrimination and Anti-racism, we have the recordings up on the webpage.
- We are so excited to announce the 2019 - 2020 Chapters of the Year!
- Check out our Lifelong Learning Podcast: W&L After Class!
- Did you miss the Lee Chapel Fall Lecture with Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, "The Mystery of Robert E. Lee"? You can watch an archived version here. Please note, you will need to login to Colonnade Connections to view the video.
- W&L has a new virtual book club! Join over 650 other alumni here.
- Lifelong Learning trips have been canceled or postponed until 2021.
- Alumni College 2020 has been rescheduled for July 2021.
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Alumni EngagementThe staff of the Office of Alumni Engagement provides programming and support for W&L alumni.
Beau Dudley Executive Director of Alumni Engagement
Beau Dudley is W&L class of 1974 and 1979 law, when he was president of the student body executive committee. He was the president of the Alumni Association 1992-1993, and a University Trustee 1998-2006. He came to W&L in 2006 from a distinguished legal career as a business litigation partner with McGuire Woods, LLP in the Washington, D.C. area offices.
Ruth Candler Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning
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. From 2004 to 2011, she was director of marketing for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, an award-winning literary magazine. Ruth and her husband John Paul reside in Lexington and have two grown children.
Rob Fure Director of Lifelong Learning
Robert Fure, director of lifelong learning, joined the W&L faculty in 1977 after earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1981, he designed an administrative structure for non-traditional educational programs at W&L and was soon asked to oversee its implementation. In 1982, he established the W&L Alumni College and in 1985 the W&L Traveller program
Emily King Administrative Assistant for Lifelong Learning
Emily King joined the Office of Lifelong Learning in 2019 following four years working in Development at Washington and Lee University. Growing up in southern Colorado and spending most of her twenties in Europe, Emily has a diverse background in ESL teaching, customer service and project management, and higher education. Emily lives in Lexington with her husband, Elliott, their twin daughters, and their two cats.
Tom Lovell Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
A member of the W&L Class of 1991, Tom Lovell was drawn to serving the University professionally through service as co-president of the San Diego and Northeast Ohio W&L alumni chapters. Prior to returning to Lexington, he was vice president of sales and marketing at VRC Manufacturing Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, and an analyst with SAIC in San Diego, CA.
Kelly Martone Administrative Assistant for Alumni Engagement
Kelly is the Administrative Assistant for the Alumni Engagement Office. She is the primary point of contact for external parties calling the office, liaison for the Alumni Board, and performs numerous clerical and administrative tasks.
Molly Myers Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Alumni Engagement
Molly is the Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Alumni Engagement. Prior to W&L, she held communications positions at the University of Georgia and Cornell University. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Molly graduated from the College of Wooster in 2003 and earned her master’s at UGA in 2005. Molly lives with her husband and son in Lexington.
Kristy Speers Senior Chapter Coordinator for Alumni Engagement
Kristy graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Geography. She spent several years throughout the west working with the National Park Service before moving to Lexington in 2008 with her husband and two children. She has been with Washington and Lee since 2011. Prior to her role as senior chapter coordinator, she has worked in Development, Athletics, and the Outing Club.
Mary Webster Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
Mary is from Charlotte, NC. She graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 1993 with a degree in religion. She has served as a church youth director, worked in donor relations at Sewanee’s development office, and been a teacher and director at Shenandoah Preschool in Lexington. She and her family have lived in Lexington since 2002.
Rosa Weeks Administrative Assistant for Alumni Engagement
Rosa is a resident of Lexington, VA, and is an administrative assistant for the office.