Site Administration The College of William and Mary

Cottrell named executive vice president of Alumni Association

Directors announced that Karen Cottrell, associate provost for admission and enrollment management at the College, has been named executive vice president of the Alumni Association. Cottrell, a member of the class of 1966, will assume her new position in June.

“I am deeply honored by this opportunity,” says Cottrell. “This is a critical post at a critical time in the life of the Alumni Association. Given the College's new relationship with the Commonwealth, the continued momentum of The Campaign for William and Mary, and the excitement generated by the new presidency of Gene Nichol, I can't think of a better time to assume this position.”

Cottrell is no stranger to William and Mary, nor is she to higher education. With an undergraduate degree in history, a master's of education in counseling and a doctorate in higher education, all obtained from the College, Cottrell returned to her alma mater as associate provost for enrollment in 1997. Previously associate provost for admission and enrollment at the University of Virginia, William and Mary has seen a 40 percent increase in freshman applications under Cottrell's direction. Her additional responsibilities include managing the Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and Registrar offices at the College. From 1980 until 1985, Cottrell also served first as assistant dean of admission at William and Mary and later as associate dean. In that position, she established and coordinated the Alumni Admissions Network, an extensive interviewing program that linked alumni with prospective students of the College.

Current William and Mary President Timothy J. Sullivan commented on Cottrell's appointment to the Alumni Association. “Few things are more important than our relationship with our alumni. Karen's record speaks loudly and clearly that this has been the most exceptional period for our admissions office in the history of the College. Just this year, William and Mary received a record number of applications and Karen has positioned us to welcome the most accomplished freshmen class in the history of the College. While we will miss her leadership in our admissions office, the good news is that Karen will remain closely associated with the College and play a significant role in its future success.”

As executive vice president of the Alumni Association, Cottrell will represent approximately 72,000 active alumni of William and Mary. She will manage day-to-day operations of the Alumni Association, serve as publisher of the award-winning William & Mary Alumni Magazine, and work as the primary liaison between the Alumni Association and other departments on campus.

Since 1842, the William and Mary Alumni Association has been bringing together current students, parents, faculty and administrators through a variety of activities. Included in these activities are class reunions, continuing education programs, travel programs, and one of the largest university homecoming events in the United States. The Alumni Center, located next to the College's Zable Stadium, serves as a meeting place for alumni and university gatherings, award dinners, reunions, weddings, workshops, seminars and tailgate events. The Center is also the home of the Alumni Gift Shop, which offers a wide array of William and Mary clothing and memorabilia. The Alumni Association maintains over 45 chapters and clubs both in the United States and abroad.

The Alumni Records and Information Systems office maintains a database containing of more than 100,000 records of alumni and friends. The Alumni Association Web site has more than 14,000 registered users and is a resource by which alumni can obtain a permanent forwarding e-mail address, post personal news, photographs and business cards to a secured site, as well as update their records and register for reunions and events. To find out more, access

© 2015 The College of William & Mary