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December 3, 2012

Averett University is pleased to announce that former Senator William C. Wampler Jr., the new executive director of the New College Institute in Martinsville, will speak during the University's Commencement exercises at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the E. Stuart James Grant Convocation and Athletic Center.

"Averett University is honored to have Senator William Wampler, who served in the Virginia Senate from 1988-2012, speak to our December graduates," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "Senator Wampler is a true educational partner through the New College Institute. He has long been a supporter of higher education, previously serving on the Governor's Commission on Higher Education."

Wampler, who was named director of the New College Institute in January, served as a member of the Virginia Senate from 1988-2012, and in the United States Army from 1981-2002.

As a member of the senate, he served as a ranking member on all assigned committees including the general laws committee, commerce and labor committee, health and human resources subcommittee and local government. He chaired each of these committees. He also served on several legislative commissions including Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, Coal and Energy Commission, Joint Commission on Healthcare, and the Governor's Commission on Higher Education.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1981. Wampler served three years active duty at Fort Knox in Kentucky, including his last assignment as commander, headquarters and headquarters detachment, 4th Brigade. During his Army career he held several positions including serving as a battalion commander, brigade executive officer and a brigade commander. He retired a colonel in 2002 from the United States Army Reserve.