About President Dudley

Wlliam C. Dudley
President William C. Dudley

William C. "Will" Dudley is a collaborative leader with wide-ranging experience and passion for the liberal arts. As provost of Williams College, Dudley oversaw operations and strategic initiatives in support of the college's academic mission, including the offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the College Libraries, Information Technology, the Science Center, Institutional Research, the Williams College Museum of Art and the Zikha Center for Environmental Initiatives. He was integral in establishing priorities for Teach It Forward: The Campaign for Williams.

A native of Virginia, born in Charlottesville and raised in Arlington, Dudley received his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy, magna cum laude, from Williams in 1989, and an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in philosophy, from Northwestern University. He joined the Williams faculty in 1998.

Dudley's expertise in German idealism, from Kant to Hegel, led to fellowships from the Williams College Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Humboldt Foundation. He served as the Gaudino Scholar at Williams from 2010 to 2011, a presidential appointment to lead the Robert L. Gaudino Memorial Fund and to encourage curricular innovation and experiential learning at the college.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, September 15
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. "The Liberal Arts and the Professions"
Reception to Follow
Keller Theatre, Lenfest Center for the Arts
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Inaugural Reception
Lee House
invitation only
7:30 p.m. Inaugural Dinner
Evans Hall
invitation only
Saturday, September 16
9:00 a.m. Robing for Platform Party
Mason Taylor New Room
Robing for Delegates
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library
10:00 a.m. Inauguration
Front Lawn
Rain Plan: Lee Chapel
11:30 a.m. Inauguration Luncheon
Stemmons Plaza
Rain Plan: Evans Hall


Gregory M. Avis
Former Chairman
Williams College Board of Trustees

Avis is cofounder and senior advisor at the venture capital and private equity firm Summit Partners. During his 25 years with Summit Partners, Avis has served as a director and board member of many public and private companies.

As the chairman of the Williams College Board of Trustees in 2008, he guided the college's response to the global financial crisis and its transition in administrative leadership.

Williams College honored him in 2006 with the Bicentennial Medal for distinguished achievement and in 2014 with an honorary degree.

Steven G. Poskanzer
Carleton College

Poskanzer became Carleton College's 11th president in 2010. Before coming to Carleton, Poskanzer held senior administrative and academic positions at both private and public universities. This breadth of experience makes him somewhat unusual among college presidents.

A scholar of higher education law, he focuses his research on issues of academic freedom and how colleges and universities seek to achieve educational goals in a complex legal and policy environment.

Visitor Information


A block of rooms has been reserved for delegates at each of the Quality Inn & Suites and the Best Western Plus Inn at Hunt Ridge in Lexington. They are conveniently located just minutes from Washington and Lee University. Please contact the Quality Inn directly at (540) 463-6400 or the Best Western Plus Inn at (540) 464-1500 to book one of the reserved rooms. Mention the appropriate group name when speaking with a hotel representative.

Quality Inn & Suites
2814 N. Lee Highway
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 463-6400

Group Name:
Washington and Lee Presidential Inauguration Weekend

RSVP Deadline:
August 1, 2017

Best Western Plus Inn at Hunt Ridge
25 Willow Springs Road
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-1500

Group Name:
W&L Presidential Inauguration

RSVP Deadline:
September 1, 2017

 Directions to W&L

Washington and Lee University is located in Lexington, Virginia, just off I-81.

  • Driving from the north, take the first Lexington exit and follow Route 11, which becomes Main Street, past VMI to the W&L campus (8 miles from I-81).
  • Driving from the south, take the second Lexington exit (I-64 west) and follow directions to Route 11 south and the W&L campus (2 miles from I-64).


The Washington and Lee parking garage, directly across Nelson Street from the Lenfest Center, is the university's primary parking facility. Enter the parking garage from Washington Street or East Denny Circle directly off of Nelson Street (Rt. 60). Use the elevator or stairs to go to the top level, from which you can access the main campus. See campus map for more details.