April news and events for W&L alumni
President Will Dudley and Frances McIntosh ‘22 offer rides to class during Say Thanks Week.
April 2022
Celebrating the end of Winter Term, the start of Spring Term and the newest ODK initiates.
  • Distinctively W&L
  • John Jensen '01 to lead Alumni and Career Services
  • W&L Law introduces its new dean
  • Register for Alumni Weekend
and other stories of note from W&L.
Distinctively W&L
Access and Affordability
W&L received a record number of applications this year. More than 7,200 high school seniors sought one of 460 spots in the incoming Class of ’26. Who are the students lucky enough to gain access to W&L? And how do they afford it?
Alumni Events
Lifelong Learning: W&L After Class
Accountant or Detective: Megan Hess '97, associate professor of accounting, discusses her passion for teaching, how she grew up to love accounting, and what it's like to investigate corporate fraud.
Alumni Weekend: Register Now
Alumni Weekend registration links are open! The Office of Alumni Engagement encourages you to register now and make plans to be in Lexington on May 5-8, as it promises to be a great weekend to reunite with friends and reconnect with W&L.
Alumni in Action
John Jensen ’01 Named Executive Director of Alumni and Career Services
W&L will merge its offices of Career and Professional Development and Alumni Engagement, effective July 1, 2022.
Made in the U.S.A.
Capt. Connor Smithson ’13 channels his creative energies into his small woodworking shop specializing in custom flags, plaques and furniture pieces.
Katie Volk ’18 Presents Study on Alzheimer’s Disease
She gave a seminar on her doctoral dissertation research to the W&L community.
Friends for a Lifetime
Sam Hollis ’51 and Jimmy Gallivan ’51 met at W&L, sparking a friendship spanning 75 years.
Support W&L
Show your class pride and make your reunion gift today!

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W&L Traveller
Grand Canyon Rafting Adventure: June 3 – 10

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Melanie D. Wilson Named Next Dean of W&L Law
A highly respected scholar on issues of criminal procedure, Wilson is currently dean emerita and Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Michael Hill Appointed Director of the DeLaney Center
Michael Hill, professor and chair of the Africana Studies program at W&L, will serve as the inaugural director of the DeLaney Center, an interdisciplinary academic center for teaching and research on Southern race relations, culture and politics.
ODK Holds Spring Initiation For W&L Honorees
W&L’s Alpha Circle of ODK, the national leadership honor society, inducted 28 new undergraduate members and four honorary initiates.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiates New Members During 2022 Convocation
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at W&L welcomed 57 students into the prestigious honor society.
W&L Law Releases 2021 Graduate Employment Report
According to the report, 90.7 percent of the class of 2021 secured a full-time, long-term job that either requires bar passage or for which a J.D. degree is an advantage.
Save the Date
10th Annual Entrepreneurship Summit
The two-day event brings together students and alumni interested in launching their own business ventures.
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Alumni Reunion Weekend: May 5 – 8
Welcome home! Please join us for a fantastic weekend on campus.
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Alumni College
Welcome back to campus! Programs for the month include "Perspectives in the Middle East," "Three Great Russian Composers and the Russian Revolution," "Poets of the Neighborhood" and "The Harlem Renaissance."
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In Memoriam
Larry Lamont, Professor of Business Administration Emeritus
He taught from 1974 to 1999.
John H. DeCourcy, Former Director of Student Financial Aid
He worked for W&L for 27 years, retiring in 2010.
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