Walton M. Jeffress, Jr. '68
Walton M. Jeffress, Jr. ’68 is an attorney who has practiced in Virginia for the past 23 years in the areas of trusts and estates with a focus on service as fiduciary of various trusts and estates as well as an adviser to other fiduciaries of trusts and estates with respect to their responsibilities and duties.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring after twenty years of service. During his military career, his responsibilities included being the Deputy Chief Counsel for a major Department of Defense agency and the Staff Judge Advocate for an overseas Combined Field Army.
From 1991 to 2003, he held numerous positions, including Vice Chairman, on the Board of Trustees for Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC), a life care retirement community, located in Winchester, Virginia.
A member of the Virginia State Bar and other legal societies and associations, including the American Bar Association, Mr. Jeffress is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1990, he was selected to the Who's Who of Practicing Attorneys in the United States. Mr. Jeffress received his LLB from Washington and Lee University Law School in 1971 and later received two Master of Laws degrees—in Taxation and Environmental Law—from the National Law Center of George Washington University. Notably, while a law student, he was an instructor in VMI’s Department of Civil Engineering.
As a cadet, Mr. Jeffress was a Civil Engineering major and a Distinguished Military Graduate. He ran track and cross country, and, as a first classman, was a cadet captain, commanding Charlie Company.
On July 1, 2011, Mr. Jeffress became the 21st President of the VMI Foundation. He had previously served as the Foundation’s Vice President for Administration from November 2007. He joined the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees in July 2003 and has served on numerous committees and has been the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee.