William & Mary

Plumeri starts faculty support fund


Benefactor:  Joseph J. Plumeri

Joseph J. Plumeri, a member of William and Mary Board of Visitors, has committed $2 million to establish the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence.

“It is a privilege for me to give back, to honor and support our faculty’s efforts,” said Plumeri, a member of the class of 1966. “The faculty is the DNA of the College and each day they work passionately to challenge the minds of our exceptional students. Their research and other pursuits extend well beyond the campus.”

With an annual payout of $200,000 over 10 years, the Plumeri Awards will provide 20 members of the faculty with $10,000 for research opportunities, summer salaries or other stipends associated with scholarly endeavor.

“This extraordinary gift from Joe Plumeri will make a real difference for the better at William and Mary,” said Interim President W. Taylor Reveley III. “

Candidates for the Plumeri Awards will be nominated by the deans of their respective schools, with the final decision made by Provost P. Geoffrey Feiss. The first awards will be announced and presented during the 2009-2010 academic year and will continue each year for 10 years.

“This is a tremendous demonstration of support for the College and most particularly for its faculty,” said Feiss.  “Mr. Plumeri’s unyielding loyalty and generosity to his alma mater will create opportunities for our faculty to extend their preeminence in teaching and research—and thus enhancing the experience of every William and Mary student—and we are incredibly grateful for his generosity and passionate devotion to the practice of great teaching and mentoring.”

Plumeri has long been a generous supporter of the College, including establishing a scholarship and other endowments in the Mason School of Business. He also provided funds to build Plumeri Park, the College’s baseball stadium; to create the Plumeri House, a guest residence for visitors to campus; to endow scholarships for business students and student-athletes; and to establish the Plumeri Pro-Am, a golf tournament that annually raises thousands of dollars for the College’s athletic program.   i