December 6, 2023

UMW Celebrates Construction of New Campus Center

The University of Mary Washington marked the beginning of construction of the new campus center in a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20. The four-story building, in the footprint of the former Chandler Hall, will be located on Ball Circle with an entrance facing College Avenue. UMW's new campus center is scheduled to open fall of 2015. (artist rendering) SGA President Stephanie Preston thanked President Hurley and the Board of Visitors for recognizing the need for a central hub of student activity located in the heart of our campus. “This new space will bridge all aspects of student life,” she said. “It will combine all the student engagement resources that we require as leisure spaces. Everything that students need on a daily basis will be located under one roof.” Members of the Fredericksburg community were also on-hand for the ceremony, including City Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. “UMW students and faculty contribute to the city in many ways,” she said. “We salute you for your excellent campus center, as it will be yet another link to the community.” Groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of campus center construction.. The new campus center will create and enhance community space at UMW.  When complete, the entry level will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with ample seating and a working fireplace. The more than 104,000-square-foot building also will include a retail bookstore, a large ballroom, and numerous student offices and meeting spaces. In addition, the campus center will be the new home for the James Farmer Multicultural Center; the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service; and for student dining. “Mary Washington is a ‘home away from home’ for our students and we truly want to make it our ‘campus living room’ – a space that will be welcoming and comfortable for faculty, staff, students and visitors,” said Pamela J. White, rector of the Board of Visitors. The campus center is expected to open by fall of 2015. For updates on the construction, visit President Hurley spoke to crowd on Ball Circle.

UMW Rector Receives Honorary Degree

The Honorable Pamela J. White, rector of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors, has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Washington and Lee University.

The Hon. Pamela J. White, left, with Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio prior to Judge White’s receiving an honorary degree. Photo courtesy of Washington and Lee University.

Since 2007, White has served as a judge for the circuit court of Maryland for Baltimore City.

Before that, she practiced law in Baltimore for three decades, with the bulk of her work being cases of discrimination, harassment, benefit disputes, wrongful discharges and equal-pay violations. A talented and tenacious attorney, she became the first woman to be named a partner at Ober/Kaler, Grimes & Shriver.

White, a 1974 graduate of UMW, earned her law degree at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law, where she served as editor of the Law News and a member of the Law Review.

She has served as president of both the Maryland State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. A longtime supporter of legal services for the poor, she has done extensive pro bono work and served the Maryland Legal Services Corp.

“In all these capacities, you have been an advocate for access, diversity, integrity and quality in higher education,” the degree citation from W&L stated. “By your own example, you have shown how a lifelong commitment to learning can foster professional success and civic responsibility.”

In addition, this diehard Baltimore Orioles fan has been a celebrated softball player in the Lawyer’s League. In 2006 and 2007, she was named one of the best attorneys in America. In 2007, White was selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer, an honor that involves recognition of extraordinary professional powers and “the ability to leap tall courthouses in a single bound.”

For the institutions from which she earned degrees, she has been a tireless alumna and dedicated leader. In addition to leading UMW’s Board of Visitors, she served on the Board of Trustees at W&L and as president of the W&L Law Council. White continues to be an advocate for access, diversity, integrity and quality in higher education.

White’s award was presented at W&L’s commencement exercises on May 23.

Action from Board of Visitors Retreat

Election of officers was held Sunday, July 22, at the Board of Visitors retreat.  By unanimous vote, the following members were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors:

Rector:  Pamela J. White ‘74
Vice Rector:  Holly T. Cuellar ’89
Secretary:  Xavier R. Richardson

At Large Members:
Daniel K. Steen ‘84
Joseph R. Wilson

The Rector, Vice Rector and Secretary will serve two-year terms from 2012 to 2014. The at-large members will each serve one-year terms from 2012 to 2013.

By unanimous vote, President Hurley’s contract was extended through June 30, 2015.

Governor Announces Three Appointments to the UMW Board

On Friday, June 29, the Virginia Governor’s Office announced the appointment of Tara C. Corrigall, Dr. Theresa Young Crawley and Mark S. Ingrao to the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington. The new board members will serve four-year terms, which expire June 30, 2016. They succeed Patricia B. Revere, Randall R. Eley and Martha K. Leighty, whose terms ended June 30.

Tara C. Corrigall, Virginia Beach

Tara C. Corrigall

Ms. Corrigall, who graduated from Mary Washington in 1982, is a financial advisor and director of advisory and brokerage services at the Virginia Beach branch of UBS (formerly PaineWebber). She held a similar position in Nashville prior to her move to Virginia Beach in 2008. Previously, Corrigall was an assistant branch manager in Atlanta. She is a Certified Investment Management Analyst and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Business District Association of Virginia Beach and of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.

Ms. Corrigall served on the Mary Washington Alumni Board from 1992 through 2000, including a term as president from 1998 to 2000. She is also class news agent for the Class of 1982 and a longtime President’s Council donor. In addition, Ms. Corrigall served as first chair of the UMW President’s Council, and she continues to serve on the committee.




Theresa Young Crawley, Fredericksburg

Theresa Young Crawley

A dentist and engaged member of the Fredericksburg community, Mrs. Crawley has been actively involved in her alma mater since she graduated in 1977. As president of the Mary Washington College Alumni Association from 1996 to 1998, she was instrumental in the establishment of both the Washington Scholars Program and the Distinguished Graduate in Residence Program. Along with her husband, William B. Crawley Jr., professor of history emeritus, she served as national co-chair for UMW’s $75 million Centennial Capital Campaign, successfully concluded in 2008. Two years earlier, the couple was awarded an exclusive honor: Washington Medallions, for their “extraordinary accomplishments, generosity and service” to UMW.

Currently, Mrs. Crawley serves as secretary to the UMW Foundation Board. In addition to mentoring and entertaining many students, she and her husband sponsored a UMW student through the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. Mrs. Crawley is a regular fixture at lectures in the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, which her husband coordinates. She is an avid volunteer with many community organizations and is the sole proprietor of an established dental practice.


Mark Ingrao, Falls Church

Mark Ingrao

Mr. Ingrao, a 1981 Mary Washington alumnus, is president and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. His previous positions include vice president of government affairs for the National Apartment Association; vice president of government affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association; an associate with the executive recruiting firm of Heidrick & Struggles; manager of recruitment for the National Business Development Practice of Arthur Andersen, LLP; and various positions at Washington Gas, including public affairs area manager and manager of compensation.

When he’s not working his “day job,” Mr. Ingrao pursues a passion he inherited from his father: helping out at Washington Redskins home games by moving the chains that signify downs. Ingrao is past chairman of the Board of Regents for Leadership Arlington and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and is currently on Leadership Arlington’s board. Additionally, he serves or has served on various boards including John Marshall Bank’s Arlington Advisory Board, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Arlington Free Clinic and the Virginia Public Access Project. He is a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Association Executive. He served as a co-coordinator for the class of 1981’s 25- and 30-year reunions.