City of Williamsburg Mayor and College of William & Mary Economics Professor Clyde A. Haulman will receive the College’s 2011 Prentis Award. William & Mary President Taylor Reveley will present the award at a reception honoring Haulman May 2.
The Prentis Award is given annually to community members whose civic involvement benefits the community and the College. It is named in honor of the Williamsburg family whose 18th century shop on Duke of Gloucester Street was a central part of the colonial community. Members of the Prentis family have been friends of the College and the community since 1720 when the store was first established in Williamsburg.
“In countless ways for so many years, Clyde Haulman has been a force for good in in the city, on the campus, and in town/gown relations. His wonderful way of dealing with his fellow humans, practical wisdom, and servant leadership have been wonderful to behold. Mayor Haulman, Professor Haulman, we are delighted that you will receive the 2011 Prentis,” said William & Mary President Taylor Reveley.
Haulman is currently serving a third term as an elected member of the Williamsburg City Council and his first term as Mayor. Prior to this term as Mayor, he served as Vice-Mayor. In 2002 the College recognized Haulman with the Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the College family for significant service through his or her personal activities, influence, and leadership. He has also been recognized with the President's Award for Service to the Community.
For more than four decades Haulman, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year, has also been an integral part of the William & Mary community. Since his arrival on campus in 1969, he has served the College in and out of the classroom. Haulman has served the College as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of the Department of Music, Assistant to the President, Director of the Marshall-Wythe Institute for Social Research, and as Chair of the Department of Economics. In 2004 he was elected a member of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
“When searching for my first job I was looking for a small university with the possibility of close contacts with exceptional students and interactions with terrific colleagues from across disciplines. I also was hoping for a welcoming local community that offered lots of opportunities to contribute and to help make a difference,” Haulman said. “I am lucky to have found both here and to have been able to serve both worlds – town and gown.”
Haulman’s research focuses on American economic thought, Chinese economic reforms, and the early national economy of the U.S. His book, Virginia and the Panic of 1819, was published in 2008. Haulman’s scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards - Fulbright Senior Lecturer to the People's Republic of China, as a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar at the Hong Kong - America Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and as Scholar in Residence at the Virginia Center for the Humanities and at the Commonwealth Center for the Study of American Culture. His current research includes analysis of antebellum U.S. business cycles and the development of American political economy.
The 2010 Prentis Award was presented to Channing and Lesslie Hall.