Friday, April 12, 2013

College community celebrates 100th birthday of longest-serving president

William F. Quillian, Jr., the longest-serving president in the College’s history, turns 100 on April 13. We were thrilled to join with many others to celebrate this milestone and honor Quillian’s many contributions to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and Randolph College.

On Thursday, the College surprised Quillian with a conference room named for him in the Student Center. At the event, he also learned of the $13,000 in gifts which College graduates have made to the College in his honor. Alumnae and alumni also recently voted to name Quillian the College’s first honorary alumnus.

On Friday, Lynchburg-area alumnae and alumni and friends gathered at Westminster Canterbury, the retirement community where Quillian lives, to celebrate again.

Quillian was delighted by the attention and the gifts made to the College in his honor. “I have been getting notices of those contributions, and they just keep piling up, along with hundreds of cards. I’m being flooded,” he said. “Today’s mail will have another batch of them.”

Quillian is pleased to have the conference room named for him and the status as an honorary alumnus. “I love the College so much, and I sort of missed a connection with it,” he said. “Now I’m a part of it. Having that connection means a lot to me.”

Quillian served as president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College from 1952 to 1978, after which he went on to fill other business and civic positions in Lynchburg. For more information about his achievements, read this News & Advance article about a celebration that the Virginia Legal Aid Society hosted at Randolph College.