A $10 million gift from an anonymous alumna at William & Mary University will enable the university to develop a cutting-edge Veteran-to-Executive Transition program (W&M VET) that will prepare veterans to excel in civilian leadership roles.
University officials say that W&M VET will build on William & Mary’s interdisciplinary strengths, its online degree offerings and its increasingly robust active-duty and veterans programs to help those who serve in the military transition successfully into the civilian workforce. To lead the program, the gift will create a new special assistant for military and veterans affairs that will report to the university’s president, Dr. Katherine Rowe.
“We extend our enthusiastic thanks to our alumna for her generosity and inspiration. She challenged William & Mary to think transformatively about how we approach veterans’ education as a nation and to innovate in the way we support those who serve this country,” Rowe said. “We see our new program as an opportunity not only to accelerate the professional transitions of highly skilled and experienced men and women but also to approach holistically W&M’s wide array of programming for military students and veterans,” Rowe added.