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W & M Digest — Sept. 23

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William and Mary alum named one of "Most Powerful"

William & Mary alumna Beth Comstock was named one of the "Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune.

Comstock, vice chair of General Electric, is the first chief marketing officer to make the 18th annual list. She was one of 51 women selected for the honor, including 27 CEOs such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg.

Comstock oversees GE's $3 billion lighting business as well as venture investing and licensing. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt named Comstock a vice chair in August. She is the first woman to hold that title at GE.

Comstock previously served as president of integrated media at NBC Universal where she oversaw ad sales, marketing and research and led the company's digital media efforts, including the early development of and the acquisition of, GE officials said on their website.

This is the first year that Comstock has appeared on the Fortune list, ranked at number 50. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, is ranked at number one on the 2015 list, followed by Indra Nooyi, CEO and chair of PepsiCo.

Print shop opens at Swem Library

The Print Shop, powered by Hackworth, opened Sept. 21 at the Earl Gregg Swem Library.

Hackworth partnered with ESI to in the print services contract after a competitive bid process. Hackworth is a family-owned business based in Chesapeake that provides printing and marketing services.

"The opportunity to serve the faculty, staff and students of William & Mary is one that we are excited about. We are looking forward to building relationships at William & Mary as well as providing professional print solutions that supports the college," Hackworth Vice President Charles Hackworth II said..

For pricing and questions, contact the Print Shop directly at or (757) 221-3116. Three full-time employees and student staff will service the Print Shop.

The Print Shop will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will accept jobs online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at

Alumnus nominated by president for under secretary position

William and Mary alumnus Thomas A. Shannon has been nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of under secretary for political affairs for the U.S. Department of State, the White House announced Sept. 18. Shannon currently serves as counselor of the Department of State.

"As secretary of state, I have benefited immensely from the broad experience, sound judgment, and good instincts of Ambassador Tom Shannon," said Secretary of State John Kerry, in an announcements about Shannon's new role. "Now with President Obama's nomination of Tom to serve as the State Department's next under secretary for political affairs, I look forward to working with him in a new capacity. The United States has major priorities to pursue in every corner of the globe, and I will be counting on Tom for his advice and for the full exercise of his diplomatic skills to advance American interests and values."

Shannon has had a long career with the Foreign Service and has held his current post since 2013. Some of his other recent positions include senior advisor to the secretary, United States ambassador to Brazil and acting undersecretary for political affairs, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, special assistant to the president and senior director for western hemisphere affairs on the staff of the National Security Council.

Property rights conference scheduled Oct. 2

William & Mary Law School will host the 12th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference on Oct. 2.

During the conference the William & Mary Property Rights Project will recognize Joseph William Singer of Harvard Law School with the 2015 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize. The prize, named in honor of the lifetime contributions to property rights of Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner, is presented annually to a scholar, practitioner or jurist whose work affirms the fundamental importance of property rights.

The conference panels are free and open to the public. Registration and a $125 fee are required for printed materials, meals, and continuing legal education (CLE) credit. For more information and to register for the conference, visit or contact Megan Wyatt at (757) 221-7466,

Topics to be addressed include property as a form of governance; civil forfeiture of property; pipelines, drilling and the use of eminent domain; and property rights in the digital age.

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