William & Mary

Governor appoints four alumni to the W&M Board of Visitors

Alumni Thomas R. Frantz ’70, J.D. ’73, LL.M. ’81, Leigh A. Pence ‘00, Peter A. Snyder ‘94 and Todd A. Stottlemyer ’85 have been appointed to William & Mary’s Board of Visitors, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today. The new members replace John W. Gerdelman '75, Kathy Y. Hornsby '79, Anita O. Poston, J.D. '74 Henry C. Wolf '64, J.D. '66.

“William & Mary warmly welcomes Tom Frantz, Leigh Pence, Pete Snyder and Todd Stottlemyer to the Board of Visitors. Each will contribute significantly to the life and work of William & Mary, and I look forward to having them in our midst,” said President Taylor Reveley. “But it is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to Hank Wolf, John Gerdelman, Anita Poston and Kathy Hornsby. By any measure, they have been marvelous members of the Board. Each has made a huge difference for the better at the College. They are all devoted to their alma mater, and I’m confident they will remain among its most faithful and effective supporters.”

Board members are appointed to four-year terms beginning July 1, 2011.

Thomas R. Frantz

A resident of Virginia Beach, Frantz graduated from the College with three degrees -- a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in law and taxation, and a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School. He is chief executive officer of Williams Mullen, an international law firm.

Frantz’s name can be found on the list of leading attorneys in the Commonwealth and the nation.  He is listed in three categories in The Best Lawyers in America for each of its 25 years of publication and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Norfolk Area Corporate Lawyer of the Year. He has also been named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite.”

Frantz’s contributions to local nonprofit and educational organizations are equally impressive. He has served on numerous boards, including Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Virginia Aquarium, Hampton Roads Partnership, and the Hampton Roads Sports Facility Authority. In 2009, Frantz was the recipient of the William & Mary Law School Association's  Citizen Lawyer Award, which is given annually to a graduate or friend of the Law School who has made a "lifetime commitment to citizenship and leadership." He currently serves as an advisor to the William & Mary Business Law Review and is a member of board at the Mason School of Business.

Leigh A. Pence

Pence, formerly Leigh Anne Smith, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the School of Business. She is the owner of Shape & Play, a fitness and exercise business that caters to parents of young children.

Following graduation from William & Mary, she worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers, the international financial services firm. She later worked as an audit manager for Freddie Mac before leaving the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom. In 2009, Pence became a certified fitness instructor. A year later, she started Shape & Play as a way to help parents of young children balance exercise with busy schedules.

Physical fitness is not new to Pence, who was a multi-sport athlete in high school and played organized lacrosse at the College. A resident of Great Falls, Va., she is also an active volunteer with the Children’s Support Group and the Fairfax County Victims Assistance Network.

Peter A. Snyder

Snyder received his bachelor’s degree in government in 1994. In 1999, Snyder founded New Media Strategies, an industry pioneer in social media marketing and online intelligence. It is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

For three years in a row, New Media Strategies was named to the “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America,” by Inc. Magazine. Both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal twice named New Media Strategies as one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Snyder, who serves as chief executive officer, was named “2006 Best Boss” by Fortune Small Business and one of the “Top 100 Tech Titans” by Washingtonian.

Snyder has appeared as a commentator on the Fox News Channel and served as a marketing and political expert for several national news outlets.

At William & Mary, Snyder was a member of the Tribe wrestling team and served as both junior class president and senior class president. He was also a recipient of the Ewell Award in 1994.

A resident of Alexandria, he serves on the marketing board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of Cushing Academy. 

Todd A. Stottlemyer

Stottlemyer, who resides in Herndon, Va., graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in government. After receiving his law degree from Georgetown University in 1991, Stottlemyer went on to a successful career in the technology sector.

Over the past 25 years, Stottlemyer has held various executive posts, serving as president, chief executive officer, chief financial officer and a former business owner.  He served three years as president and chief executive officer of the National Federation of Independent Business and is currently chief executive officer of Interactive Technology Solutions (ITSolutions), a management and information technology company.

Stottlemyer, who was an offensive lineman on the Tribe football team, has returned to his alma mater several times to give guest lectures on entrepreneurship.  He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy and the Athletic Educational Foundation, and is a former member of the William & Mary Washington Council and the Foundation Board. He has also served as chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and has held positions on three state commissions.