David Stovall '69, P'99, P'03 has spent a lifetime in the retail business. Before that, his education at W&L sharpened his skills, setting him on the path for a successful career as a top executive for several major department stores, including Belk and Stein Mart.
In gratitude for his experience at W&L, Stovall established the Stovall Family Endowment for the Williams School, providing funds the dean may use wherever support is needed most—whether for faculty, students or programs. A past member of the Williams School Board of Advisors, Stovall received W&L's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has hosted chapter events, served on campaign committees and taken on leadership roles for numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in and around the communities of Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.
"W&L means so much to our family because of the skills and values it armed us with to go out into the world," says Stovall, who is the father of Courtney Stovall Gentzel '99 and Nathan Stovall '03. "The University's traditions of honor and integrity—as well as that work-hard, play-hard style of education—have had a lifelong effect on me."