J. Scott Fechnay Named to Washington and Lee Board of Trustees

Lexington, VA Friday, November 05, 2004Fechnay served in the US Navy as a pilot and reached the rank of lieutenant commander. He was, until retiring in 1999, the President of Alliant/Atlantic Food Service, Inc. He is now in the real estate investment business focused primarily in the mid-Atlantic region.

"Our alumni are noted for their enthusiasm for, and peerless loyalty to, Washington and Lee. Add to those qualities Scott's experience and skills and you have an ideal board member," said Rector Philip W. Norwood.

As an W&L alumnus, Fechnay has served on the University Athletic Committee for the last four years and is a current Class Agent. With the help of Washington and Lee Athletic Director, Mike Walsh, he established a leadership development program for student athletes.

"W&L provided me with the foundation upon which to build a successful life," said Fechnay. "My election to the Board of Trustees gives me the opportunity to give back to W&L and to help ensure that future generations will get the same wonderful educational experience that I did."

Fechnay and his wife, Peggy Ann, are very active in their Maryland community. They are particularly supportive of the Landon School, the Holton-Arms School and the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club. They have two children: Nancy, a 3rd year student in the Engineering School at the University of Virginia, and John, a junior in the Landon School in Bethesda, Md.

"Scott is thoughtful, insightful, committed, generous, and energetic, and is willing to look at issues from all sides," said University President Thomas G. Burish. "We will benefit from his counsel and his leadership. I am delighted and grateful that he has accepted an appointment to the Board."

Washington and Lee University, founded in 1749 and picturesquely cradled between Virginia's Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountain ranges, offers students personal attention; renowned instructors; impressive facilities and resources; an environment that cultivates leadership, honor and civility; and extraordinary futures as alumni of one of America's top 15 liberal arts colleges. Of the more than 200 national liberal arts colleges, Washington and Lee is the only university with professionally accredited business and journalism programs and a law school
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