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A Visible Symbol

Mike Missal '78

from The Bridge: Spring/Summer 2011 issue

Mike Missal '78Mike Missal can trace many of his successes in government and law to his time as a W&L student. He began his career as a staff assistant to President Jimmy Carter and then served as a senior counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission before joining the Washington, D.C., office of K&L Gates, where he is a partner.

"My four years at the University were one continuous highlight," says Missal, who concentrates on security enforcement, internal investigations and broker-dealer regulation. "From the camaraderie of the freshman dorm to the friends I made in the C-School, my spring semester working for the U.S. Senate, and serving on the Executive Committee my senior year, I had a great experience."

Missal's fond memories of his time in Newcomb Hall compelled him to make a significant gift to the Colonnade renovation project. One of the new third-floor seminar rooms in Newcomb bears his name, and he recently had the privilege of teaching a class there.

"There is a strong bond between students and alumni as a result of the outstanding education and unrivaled experience W&L offers," says Missal, who joined the Board of Trustees in May. "The Colonnade helps maintain a connection to the University and ties generations of alumni together. I see it as such an important and visible symbol of the University."