Courtney M. Malveaux J.D. ’02 and State Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. J.D. ’73 (R-3rd), both alumni of William & Mary Law School, have been appointed to the university’s Board of Visitors, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced today. In addition, Judge Charles E. Poston J.D. ’74, rector of the board, and AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90 were reappointed.

Malveaux is co-leader of the Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group at Jackson Lewis P.C., and Norment is the Virginia Senate minority leader and counsel in the Litigation Practice Group at Kaufman & Canoles P.C. They will begin four-year terms on July 1, filling openings left by James A. Hixon J.D. ’79, M.L.T. ’80 and Karen Kennedy Schultz ’75. Hixon and Schultz are finishing second terms on the board.

Poston was elected to a two-year term as rector of the board last spring. DeSalva, global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, was appointed to the board in December 2022 to fill a vacancy left by Mari Carmen Aponte when she became the U.S. ambassador to Panama.

The Board of Visitors, which serves as the governing body for William & Mary, includes 17 members appointed by Virginia’s governor.

“We are thrilled that Rector Poston and Ms. DeSalva will return as colleagues on the board,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe. “They have been such strong partners in our shared mission and advancing the goals of Vision 2026. We also welcome warmly Mr. Malveaux and Sen. Norment to the board as, together, we look to bring the university closer to its strategic goals. Both are alumni and longtime supporters of their alma mater. They will bring invaluable insight to our work ahead.

“I also want to thank Mr. Hixon and Ms. Schultz for their unwavering support and dedication to the success of our university. They helped guide W&M through so much, including the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are forever grateful.” 

New board members

Courtney M. Malveaux J.D. ’02

Courtney M. Malveaux J.D. ’02

As co-leader of Jackson Lewis’ workplace safety and health practice group, Malveaux focuses on representing employers in investigations and citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies. 

Malveaux received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his master’s degree from George Washington University before pursuing his law degree at William & Mary. While at W&M, he was a member of the Moot Court, Trial Team and Black Law Students Association, and he served as president of the Student Bar Association. For his work, the law school presented Malveaux with the Marshall-Wythe Gambrell Professionalism Award and George Wythe Award.

He started his law career as an associate for LeClairRyan. Malveaux went on to become assistant attorney general, deputy counsel and associate solicitor general in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. In 2010, he became commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, where he worked to enforce occupational safety, health law and other labor laws while also serving as president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials. He worked as director of ThompsonMcMullan P.C. before joining Jackson Lewis in 2016 as a principal.

Malveaux has remained closely connected to W&M throughout the years and served as president of the William & Mary Law School Alumni Association. In 2012, he received the law school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2021, he created the Reaching Back Scholarship Endowment at the law school.

Thomas K. Norment Jr. J.D. ’73

Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. J.D. '73
State Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. J.D. ’73

As the state senator for Virginia’s 3rd District, Norment represents Gloucester County, New Kent County, King and Queen County, King William County and Poquoson and parts of Isle of Wight County, James City County, Surry County, York County, Hampton and Suffolk. He is also an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles P.C., serving in the litigation practice group and focusing on civil and criminal litigation and timeshare law. 

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Norment graduated from the Virginia Military Institute before pursuing his law degree at William & Mary. He began his political career in 1987 when he was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors, becoming its chair in 1991.

Norment has served as a member of the Virginia Senate since 1992 and has led the Senate Republican Caucus since 2008. He is currently a member of the Senate’s committees on commerce and labor, finance and appropriations, judiciary and rules. He is also involved in the American Revolution 250 Commission, the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, the Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

Throughout his career, Norment has remained an active alumnus of William & Mary and once served as a lecturer in law and government. In 2007, he received the university’s Prentis Award, which is presented to individuals in the Williamsburg community in recognition of their strong civic involvement and support of William & Mary. That same year, the W&M School of Education presented him with its Jo Lynne DeMary Award.

Norment is also highly involved with other organizations in the community, including the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club. He previously served as a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and is currently chair of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Williamsburg advisory board for TowneBank.

Returning board members

Charles E. Poston J.D. '74, P '02, '06
Judge Charles E. Poston J.D. ’74

Judge Charles E. Poston J.D. ’74

Poston, who was originally appointed to the board in 2019, currently works with the McCammon Group, which provides mediation, arbitration and other services. He retired from the bench after a long law career that included two decades as a judge with the Norfolk Circuit Court and three years as its chief judge. Prior to his judicial career, he practiced law privately in Hampton Roads and served as chair of the Citizens Advisory Council, vice chair of the Virginia Health Services Cost Review Council and an administrative hearing officer. His wife, Anita Owings Poston J.D. ’74, is also a graduate of W&M Law School. She served as a member of W&M’s Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2011 and is a member of the W&M Real Estate Foundation Board. Their daughter and son are also graduates of William & Mary. Read more about Poston in this April 2022 W&M News story.

AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90

Portrait image of AnnaMaria DeSalva
AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90

DeSalva has served as global chairman and chief executive at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s leading strategic communications firms, since 2019. Throughout her impressive career, she has also worked in executive positions at Pfizer and DuPont. She is an engaged alumna, serving in such roles as a member of the W&M Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, volunteer executive-in-residence at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and a member of the Business School Foundation Board. She was involved with the For the Bold campaign and established the Mary E. DeSalva Scholarship Endowment. As a member of the Board of Visitors, DeSalva serves on the Committee on Academic Affairs, Committee on Institutional Advancement and Committee on the Student Experience. Read more about DeSalva in this December 2022 W&M News story.

Departing board members

James A. Hixon J.D. ’79, M.L.T. ’80

Hixon served on the Board of Visitors for two consecutive terms, having been appointed in 2015 and 2019. A member of the American Bar and the Virginia Law Association, in 2016 he retired from the position of executive vice president for law and corporate relations at Norfolk Southern Corporation, where he worked in various capacities for more than 30 years. His community involvement includes, among other positions, appointments to the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Council and the Presidential Search Committee for the 28th President of William & Mary.

Karen Kennedy Schultz ’75

Schultz, who received a fine arts degree from William & Mary, was appointed to the board in 2015 and reappointed in 2019. Her award-winning career in academia spanned four decades and several teaching and leadership positions. Schultz has a long history of supporting community affairs and local government, having served, among other appointments, on the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism, the Virginia School Board Association and the National School Board Association. A longtime supporter of her alma mater, she has been involved with the university’s giving societies, the William & Mary’s Leadership Council, the William & Mary Active Citizens Conference and the Leadership by Design Conference. Both her husband, Gene and her children are also William & Mary alumni.

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