Michael R. McAlevey ’86 Sworn in as Rector of Washington and Lee University
Michael R. McAlevey, vice president, general counsel and head of global business development at GE Healthcare, and current trustee of Washington and Lee University, was sworn in as the university’s 31st rector on May 14. The board elected him to this role in October 2019.
A 1986 graduate of W&L, McAlevey has served on W&L’s board since 2013. While a student at W&L, McAlevey majored in English (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) and was a track and field athlete. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he clerked for Judge Emmett R. Cox on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Judicial Circuit.
He joined Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where he became a partner in 1996, focusing his practice on M&A transactions. From 1998 to 2002, McAlevey served as deputy director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C., and from 1999 to 2001, he was an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center.
In 2003, McAlevey joined General Electric Company in Fairfield, Connecticut, as the company’s lead corporate, securities and finance lawyer, and became a company officer in 2007. In 2011, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and served as the general counsel and business development leader for GE Aviation. McAlevey joined GE Healthcare in 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
He and his wife, Lynne, have two children: one who graduated from W&L in 2017, and one who is a member of the W&L Class of 2020.
McAlevey succeeds J. Donald Childress ’70, who has served as rector since 2008. Childress has been a member of the W&L Board of Trustees since 2002. During his 12-year tenure as rector, the university successfully completed the $542 million Honor Our Past, Build Our Future capital campaign; made major capital improvements to the campus, including the renovation of the university’s historic Colonnade, upgrades of the university’s intercollegiate athletics and recreation facilities, the creation of the upper-division housing village, and the construction of the Ruscio Center for Global Learning; inaugurated President Will Dudley; and approved the 2018 Strategic Plan, which outlines priorities for W&L in the next decade.