Ken Ruscio was elected the 26th president of Washington and Lee University on March 7, 2006. A W&L alumnus and distinguished scholar in the study of democratic theory and public policy, Dr. Ruscio served as the Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at University of Richmond for four years before assuming his present position.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Richmond, he held various positions at W&L including Professor of Politics, Associate Dean of The Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, and Dean of Freshmen. He was a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985, and taught at both Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Kansas University.
Ruscio earned his B.A. in politics from Washington and Lee University in 1976 and earned an Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983, respectively.
Ruscio has authored numerous articles and essays and the book, The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy (Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2004). He recently completed his second term as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society begun at W&L in 1914 that now has chapters at over 300 campuses. He has led, and served on, dozens of academic, professional, and civic committees. Most recently, President Ruscio has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
Ruscio is married to the former Kimberley O'Donnell of New York. They have a son, Matthew, who attends St. Lawrence University.
Carolyn Lamm, an international arbitration, litigation, and trade lawyer from Washington, D.C., is president of the American Bar Association. She will serve until the association's Annual Meeting in August 2010.
A partner with White and Case, Lamm is past president of the District of Columbia Bar. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by the National Law Journal in 2007, and one of Washington's Top 30 Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine in 2009.
In addition to Lamm's priority to build association membership, she has established commissions on diversity and on the impact of the economic crisis on the profession and legal needs. She also has appointed the ABA's Ethics 20/20 Commission, which will consider possible changes to lawyer ethics rules in light of globalization of the profession and changes in technology use by lawyers.
Lamm has held a variety of leadership posts in the ABA. She was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1982 to 2008, and of the ABA Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. She is former chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division and of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She has also served on numerous committees and in leadership positions with the ABA Sections of Litigation, International Law and Business Law.
Lamm is a council member of the American Law Institute, and a board member of the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Lamm received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Lamm lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Peter Halle, who also is a lawyer. The couple has two sons.
Rev. Klein has served the Northview Presbyterian Church in Danville, Virginia, and First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, North Carolina. In 1995, he and his family moved to Lexington when he was named pastor of the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
Bill is a cyclist and enjoys reading and writing. He has served the local boards of directors for the YMCA and Kendal at Lexington, and he is currently on the board for the USA branch of the Iona Community. He and his wife, the Rev. Deborah H. Klein, have two daughters and a son.
Kenneth Hopkins is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and has served on W&L's Executive Committee of the Student Body at W&L for the past two years as the Class of 2010 representative.
During his time at W&L, Hopkins has studied business administration while being active in many activities outside of class such as the Multicultural Student Association, General Activities Board, Traveller, W&L Dance, the Fancy Dress committee, and intramurals. He is a member of Xi Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Hopkins also serves as one of the four class agents for the graduating class, along with Maggie Fiskow, Garrott McClintock, and Cristin Quinn.
Prior to attending Washington and Lee, Hopkins served as a student representative to the superintendent while attending Little Rock's Oak Grove High School, where he also worked on various student-faculty committees for the district.
Col. Worrell is a 1981 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. His assignment until Fall 2006 was as assistant deputy chief of staff for plans with the Third U.S. Army at Fort McPherson, Georgia, with major responsibilities for the war planning in the Persian Gulf region and the war on terrorism. Previously he served as commander of a field artillery battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and as the division’s inspector general. Worrell has served in a variety of staff and command positions, including as aide-de-camp to the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army’s V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany.
Worrell is married to the former Kimlee A. Saul. They have four children: Lauren, a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Hank, also an alumnus of the College of William and Mary; Rachel, who attends the University of Mary Washington; and Riley, a high school student.