Following a national search, William & Mary has selected Pamela Mason J.D. ’00, M.B.A. ’00 as the university’s chief compliance officer.
Mason, who has worked as Title IX coordinator and interim chief compliance officer at W&M since 2018, will officially assume the role July 10. Kiersten Boyce previously served in the position before leaving the university last summer.
“Pamela has long worked on matters of compliance and equity at William & Mary, ensuring that reports of harassment, discrimination and misconduct are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe. “I am thrilled that she will continue this vital work for the health and safety of the campus community.”
In her role as chief compliance officer and Title IX coordinator, Mason will lead the Office of Compliance & Equity, serve as the campus’ primary resource for matters related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, develop and revise policies and procedures for W&M and coordinate the Title IX process among other responsibilities.
“I’m looking forward to working with the administration, faculty, students and employees to better the university through our policies and our culture by ensuring compliance with laws and regulations,” Mason said. “But I’m also looking forward to making this office more of a resource, a place where people can turn when they want to be more compliant and aren’t sure what the obligations are.”
To that aim, Mason and her colleagues will proactively connect with different groups on campus to discuss specific issues or explain little-known or misunderstood policies and procedures.
“Whether it’s relative to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance or reporting obligations or just understanding how we operate, I think just having more personal contact and trying other methods of education will make people more aware,” she said.
Mason started at the university in 2004 as the associate director of development for athletics. In 2006, she became the director of compliance and educational services and served in that role for two years before becoming the assistant athletics director for compliance and educational services and senior woman administrator. In 2013, she became W&M’s deputy chief compliance officer and Title IX coordinator.
“I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities to advance, including into this role, and I think it’s just a special, wonderful place,” she said.
Prior to her work at W&M, Mason served at James Madison University as the assistant director of compliance and at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke as a compliance officer and sports information director.
Mason received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University before earning law and master of business administration degrees from W&M in 2000. While pursuing her graduate studies at the university, Mason completed an externship with athletics' compliance office.Mason is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, and she serves as secretary and board member for the Heritage Humane Society. Previously, she was the president of the parent-teacher association for Matthew Whaley Elementary School and a committee member for Williamsburg United Methodist Church’s strategic planning process.