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Professors honored during commencement

Professors Herrington Bryce of the Mason School of Business and Paul Marcus of the William and Mary Law School were honored during the College’s commencement ceremonies. Bryce was named the recipient of the 2006 Thomas Ashley Graves Jr. Award. Marcus received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

About Bryce, President Gene Nichol said, “He abides no shortcuts in his unwavering commitment to enhancing the learning and development of his students. Students and colleagues alike describe him as a role model and mentor whose infectious and disciplined thirst for learning has profoundly influenced them for the good.”

Bryce has served as a member of the Treasury Board of the State of Virginia, as president of the Carlogh Corporation, as vice president of the National Academy of State and Local Governments, as director of research for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as senior economist at the Urban Institute.

The Graves Award is given annually in recognition of sustained excellence in teaching to honor Graves, who retired in 1985 after nearly 14 years as president of the College of William and Mary.

Since joining the law faculty in 1992, Marcus, the College’s R. Hugh and Nollie Haynes Professor of Law, has received many awards for his commitment to scholarship and instruction, including the law school’s John Marshall Award and the Walter L. Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Prize.

“Today, we honor him for the spirit with which he gives of himself—especially to those in need,” President Nichol said.
For the past several years, Nichol said, Marcus has served as a mentor to middle-school and elementary-school students through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and he was named the group’s 2004 Volunteer of the Year.

Marcus also has founded a law and literature program at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, where he and law students visit inmates once a month. He currently heads up the national committee on the Right to Counsel Initiative of the Constitution Project, which is a massive effort to examine defendants’ rights in criminal cases across the country, and volunteers his time to work with Habitat for Humanity.