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John E. Littel P '22, HON '23

John Littel

Mr. Littel is the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Prior to this, he led Public-Sector Behavioral Health at Magellan Health, where he also served as President of Magellan of Virginia and Chief External Affairs Officer for the company. Previously, he has served in senior roles at Amerigroup Corporation and Anthem, as well as at both the federal and state government levels. He has taught government, politics and communications at the graduate level, and has also served as a member of the William & Mary Public Policy Board of Advisors.

Mr. Littel earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Scranton and J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Mr. Littel previously served as the chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation and on the boards of the Family and Children's Trust Fund, Virginia's family violence prevention agency, and ForKids, a program for homeless families in Hampton Roads. Currently, he serves on the board of The Gloucester Institute, a leadership initiative for young African-Americans based at Robert Russa Moton's historic home. A former rower, Mr. Littel is active as a licensed referee for USRowing. He served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee for the 28th President of William & Mary (2017-2018) and as Rector of the university (2018-2022). 

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2023-2024 Committee Assignment

Committee on Administration, Buildings and Grounds
Committee on the Student Experience


July 1, 2020 by Governor Ralph Northam
September 16, 2016* by Governor Terry McAuliffe
July 1, 2012 by Governor Bob McDonnell

*Appointed to fill the vacancy of an unexpired term