Former venture capitalist, current education advocate to speak at W&M convocation

WILLIAMSBURG - Ted Dintersmith, a 1974 graduate of the College of William and Mary who advocates for education and entrepreneurship, will be the college's fall 2014 convocation speaker, the college announced this week.

Dintersmith was a venture capitalist before beginning his advocacy efforts in support of innovation and education. According to the college, he was nationally recognized in the field, investing in at least 12 start-up companies transformed into publicly traded companies. He also served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association. He created the Dintersmith Fellows program and helped launch the William and Mary Honors Fellowship. In 2012, he represented the U.S. as part of a delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations that dealt with global education and entrepreneurship. Dintersmith is a current member of the William and Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors.

William and Mary President Taylor Reveley said in a statement he feels Dintersmith will make a marvelous convocation speaker.

"Ted Dintersmith will inspire the Class of 2018," Reveley said. "He's a person of great vision who's strikingly creative and entrepreneurially gifted."

William and Mary's convocation ceremony is set for 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the Wren Yard.