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President, John William Boland '73

Richmond, Virginia
Appointed July 2013

John William “Bill” Boland graduated from VMI in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He received his Juris doctor in 1984 from the University of Richmond, where he served on the Law Review.  Boland was appointed to the VMI Board of Visitors in 2013 and assumed the role of president of the Board of Visitors effective July 1, 2017.

While at VMI, Boland earned monograms in football and graduated as a first-class private.  Following graduation, he taught U.S. Government and U.S. History at Harrisonburg High School where he coached football, wrestling, and baseball.

Boland began private law practice in 1984 with McGuireWoods LLP.  He became a partner in 1992 and is the former chairman of McGuireWoods’ Business and Securities Litigation Department.  He has served on the firm’s Strategic Planning and Advisory Committees, as well as serving as Pro Bono Partner.  He retired from McGuireWoods in 2018.

Boland served on the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s Board of Directors for approximately 20 years, serving as president in 2002-2003.  He co-founded Rebuilding Richmond Together (improving owner-occupied housing for elderly) and served on its Board and as President for many years.  He chaired the board of editors of the Journal of Civil Litigation and the commercial litigation section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

Chambers USA and Woodward/White, Inc. have recognized him as a leading lawyer in business and commercial litigation.

Boland is married to the former Judith V. Stovall, his VMI sweetheart, of Harrisonburg, Virginia.  They have three children and four grandchildren.