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William F. Quillian, Jr. Named 2010 Commencement Speaker

Quillian served as president for 26 years.

4/22/2010 3:17:29 PM


William F. Quillian, president emeritus

LYNCHBURG– William F. Quillian, Jr. will serve as Randolph College’s 2010 Commencement speaker.

About 130 students are expected to graduate during Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. on May 16 in the Dell.

Quillian served as the fifth president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College for 26 years beginning in 1952. He was given president emeritus status upon his retirement in 1978 and is the College’s longest-serving president.

Quillian, who is 97 years old, is an active member of the Lynchburg community.

A graduate of Emory University and Yale University, Quillian earned his doctorate from Yale. He also attended the University of Edinburgh and the University of Basel for post graduate work. A retired bank trustee officer, Quillian is also a co-creator and past executive director of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and an honorary life trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

He and his wife Margaret have four children.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations