Davis Young Paschall

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Davis Young Paschall was the twenty-second president of the College of William and Mary, from August 16, 1960 until his retirement in August 1971.

Paschall graduated from William and Mary in 1932 with a degree in history. He earned master's degrees in history and government from William and Mary as well, and completed a doctorate in education at the University of Virginia. Upon enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he trained at the Virginia Military Institute and the Naval School of Communications at Harvard.

After the war, Paschall served as principle of the high school in Victoria, Virginia, and held a position in the state Department of Education, directing teacher education programs. In 1957, Gov. Thomas B. Stanley appointed him State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia. For the next three years, Paschall oversaw the difficult process of desegregation in Virginia public schools. He resigned in 1960 to accept the role of president at his alma mater.

An ex officio member of the Board of Visitors of all state-supported colleges and univeristies in Virginia, Paschall is the recipient of many awards for service and dedication. They include the Alpha Beta Distinguished Service Award by the Division Superintendents of Virginia Public Schools in 1959, the William and Mary Society of the Alumni Medallion for Service in 1968, and the first William and Mary Omicron Delta Kappa Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in 1998. Paschall is also credited with establishing the Thomas Jefferson Award presented on Charter Day, and the Heritage Fellow Award - both of which recognize faculty excellence in teaching.

Paschall died on October 25, 2001 at his home in Williamsburg at the age of 90.


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Preceded by College of William and Mary President Succeeded by
Alvin Duke Chandler

October 9, 1951 - May 1960

Davis Young Paschall

August 16, 1960 - August 1971

Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr.

September 1, 1971 - January 9, 1985