Alumni are crucial William & Mary mortar. In countless ways, large and small, across the country and around the world, our alumni live lives rich with accomplishment and service. Not since John Tyler was the country's 10th president has the Alma Mater of the Nation had its alumni so involved in the nation's executive branch. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates '65 is the only cabinet member to work for both Presidents Bush and Obama, no small feat. As Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christy Romer '81 serves as a key White House advisor on the economy. In Congress, Representative Eric Cantor, a 1988 graduate of the Law School, serves as the Republican Whip. In the past year, Thomas Shannon '80 was named U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and Jon Jarvis '75 the director of the National Park Service. General David McKiernan '72 commanded U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan until his retirement this year. Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin '95 became the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl. New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski '84 received a Pulitzer Prize. Jon Stewart '84 won yet more Emmys for "The Daily Show," while Glenn Close '74 also added to her cache of Emmys and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.