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Five Join Ranks of William & Mary Honorary Alumni

By Kelley Freund May 19, 2015

Each year, the William & Mary Alumni Association recognizes a select few friends who have demonstrated a lasting commitment to and genuine affinity for the College, even though they are not graduates. On Friday, May 15, 2015, during a ceremony at the Alumni House, five dedicated individuals were welcomed into the Alumni Association as honorary alumni.

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From left: William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98, new honorary alumni Thomas Rideout, Frank Shatz, Eileen Glenn and Kathleen Ring; and President W. Taylor Reveley, III at the Honorary Alumni Induction ceremony in May at the Alumni House. Not pictured: Mark Shenkman.

Eileen Glenn became familiar with the school when she married Terry Glenn ’63, and her frequent visits began when their daughter Erin Glenn Brady ’95 entered William & Mary as a student. She continued visiting campus after Erin graduated, due to Terry’s service on the William & Mary Foundation from 1995-2005. In 2002, Eileen and Terry established an endowment for the preservation and maintenance of the garden at the President’s House. Although Terry passed away in 2007, Glenn continues to stay connected to the College. In 2013, when Terry’s class was celebrating their 50th Reunion, Glenn made a generous donation to the class gift in Terry’s memory. She has not missed a year contributing to the Fund for William & Mary, even after Terry’s passing.

Thomas Rideout began his relationship with the College in 2006 when he became involved with the Mason Executive Partner program at the Mason School of Business. The program consists of a group of senior business executives who provide one-on-one mentoring to M.B.A. students. The relationships he established with students were maintained long after they started their professional careers. Rideout followed up a successful career in banking and global consulting by becoming a member of the professional staff of the Business School, serving as director of corporate and alumni relations. After retiring from his position, he created a version of the Mason Executive Partner program for the undergraduate population at William & Mary known as Tribe Partners.

This year marks Kathleen Ring’s fourth consecutive term as member of the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation Board of Trustees. A number of the museum’s most successful endeavors have been lead by Ring. Her leadership with Wine & Run for the Roses has cemented the affair as one of the signature fundraising events at the College and most successful fundraising event in Muscarelle history. She has also been an ambassador for William & Mary while serving on other organizations within the Williamsburg community. She has been involved with the Williamsburg Arts Commission and was the arts chair for the Colonial Williamsburg Tricentennial celebration. Throughout her service with these organizations, Ring has been an ambassador for the museum and William & Mary, using her connections to draw people’s attention to the College and its activities.

Without Frank Shatz, there may have been no Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary. A close friend of the late Emery Reves, Shatz was instrumental in persuading Reves’ widow, Wendy, to endow the Reves Center. Shatz has been a member of the Reves Center Advisory Board since its inception in 1995. In 1998, Shatz was presented with the Prentis Award, which recognizes individuals in the Williamsburg community for their strong civic involvement and support of the College of William & Mary. During World War II, Shatz was forced into a Nazi slave labor camp. He escaped and joined the anti-Nazi underground in Hungary. After the war, Shatz embarked on a journalism career, spending time as a Prague-based foreign correspondent. He met his wife there and in 1954, they fled Communist Czechoslovakia. They traveled around Europe and the Middle East before arriving in the United States in 1958. Shatz continues to be active as a journalist, writing columns twice a week for the Virginia Gazette and the Lake Placid News.

Mark Shenkman runs a successful high-yield bond money management company, Shenkman Capital Management, in New York and Connecticut. He joined the William & Mary Business School Foundation Board in 2001, and quickly impressed with his commitment and contributions. Throughout his partnership with the College, Shenkman has provided guidance and funding for key initiatives. He has also provided internship and career opportunities for William & Mary students at Shenkman Capital, and has met with faculty at the Business School frequently. He has done much for students and faculty in the M.B.A. Career Acceleration Module in Finance (Investments), designed to immerse students in all aspects of certain career paths. Shenkman has hosted the Investments CAM at his New York office since the program’s inception in 2005.