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Washington and Lee Adds Two Members to Board of Trustees

Washington and Lee University swore in two new members of its Board of Trustees on Friday, Oct. 18, at the board’s fall meeting, in Lexington.

The new trustees, both alumni, are Michael McAlevey, vice president of legal operations and business development for GE Aviation, and B. Craig Owens, senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of the Campbell Soup Company.

With their addition, Washington and Lee’s board now has 33 members of its board.

Michael R. McAlevey graduated from W&L in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He belonged to Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary society and to Kappa Alpha fraternity. He competed in track and field for three years. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1989.

McAlevey clerked for Judge Emmett R. Cox on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th  Judicial Circuit in Mobile, Ala., for one year. In 1990, he moved to Atlanta, Ga., and worked with the law firm of Alston & Bird, where he was elected a partner in 1996. In 1998, he moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as the deputy director of the division of corporation finance at the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.

He joined General Electric Co., in Fairfield, Conn., in 2003 as the company’s lead securities and finance lawyer. He was elected a company officer in 2007. In 2011, McAlevey moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he serves as the general counsel and business development leader for GE’s $21-billion aviation business. He has twice received the GE chairman’s award for leadership. He serves as a trustee of the Securities & Exchange Commission Historical Society and Artswave Cincinnati (formerly the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund).

He and his wife, Lynne Taylor Harwich (Hollins College, Class of 1985), have two children: Isabelle Taylor, a member of W&L’s Class of 2017, and James Easton, a sophomore at Cincinnati Country Day School.

B. Craig Owens, the senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of the Campbell Soup Co., graduated from W&L in 1976 with a B.A. in politics. He also earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

From 1981 to 2001, Owens held general management and senior financial positions with the Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola bottlers in the U.S. and Europe. He then worked as executive vice president, CFO and head of strategy of Delhaize Group, a Belgian food retailer with more than $28 billion in annual revenues in 11 countries. The company’s U.S. division includes the well-known supermarket chains Food Lion and Hannaford.

Owens joined Campbell Soup Co. in 2008. In addition to his duties as CFO, he is responsible for the company’s global supply chain and information technology and is chairman of Campbell-Swire, a joint venture in China.

Owens is a board member and chair of the audit committee of Pall Corp. Previous non-profit board memberships include the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, St. John’s International School (Waterloo), the Waynflete School (Portland, Maine) and the Fletcher School board of overseers. He and his wife, Libby, have three children.