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U.S. Sen. Warner Named 2008 Andrews Fellow

Reflections on a career in service.

  • U.S. Senator John Warner (R-Va.)
    U.S. Senator John Warner (R-Va.)  Senator Warner, the 2008 recipient of the Hunter B. Andrews Fellowship, spoke at a town hall meeting on campus.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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Private support of William & Mary has the ability to provide a wealth of experiences to the Colleges students and faculty.

Case in point, the Hunter B. Andrews Fellowship has been bringing to campus extraordinary speakers to campus for eight years — and the 2008 recipient of the award, U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is no exception.

“Sen. Warner’s career in public service holds extraordinary lessons in citizenship for us all,” said Taylor Reveley, interim president of the College. “We are honored to welcome him once again to the College, and look forward to recognizing him as the 2008 Andrews Fellow.”

Warner visited campus on April 4 to meet with students, faculty and staff and spoke later in the day at a town hall meeting in Blow Memorial Hall. He told the audience he has seen a lot of changes in the U.S. Senate during his five consecutive terms in office. Some good — like the increase in female senators and the broadcast of the Senate sessions — and others not so good — like a decrease in bipartisanship and the increasing demand on senators to devote their time to campaign fundraising.

“It translates into less and less time to sit down and work through these incredibly hard issues facing the country,” Warner said about fundraising.

Warner, who holds a law degree from the University of Virginia, served as secretary of the Navy from 1972-74. He began his career in the Senate in 1978. Now in his 29th year in office, Warner is the second-longest-serving U.S. senator from Virginia in the 218-year history of the Senate. He currently serves on the Senate’s Armed Services, Intelligence, Environment and Public Works, and Homeland Securities and Government Affairs committees. In August 2007, Warner announced he would not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

In 1981, the College presented him with the honorary degree of doctor of laws.

“I’ve developed a deep, abiding respect and fondness for the College of William and Mary,” Warner said during the town-hall meeting. “It’s an extraordinary institution.”

The Hunter B. Andrews Fellowship was established in 1998 with $350,000 in commitments from friends of the former state senator and William and Mary alumnus, who passed away in 2005. The fellowship program brings notable journalists, politicians and academicians to campus each year to interact with students and faculty.