WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) - The U.S. Senate confirmed William & Mary alumnus James Comey as the new FBI Director Monday.
Comey -- a 1982 graduate of W&M with a double major in chemistry and religion -- was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in June and will replace current FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in September.
"Jim Comey has made his alma mater enormously proud, yet again," said William & Mary President Taylor Reveley in a press release. "President Obama has nominated Mr. Comey to lead an agency whose effectiveness and integrity are vitally important in our country. Jim's willingness to return to public service in this crucial post is quite wonderful."
An article honoring Comey's newly appointed position on the W&M website said Comey has remained closely connected with the university. Comey has spoken at two graduation ceremonies and one Charter Day ceremony at the college. He served on the school's alumni board for several years and even took on a leadership position on the board.
Comey has received two honors from the university in the area of law: an honorary doctor of laws degree from in 2008 and the Carter O. Lowance Fellow in 2011.
At a White House press conference, Comey talked about being the successor of Mueller, who is the longest serving director of the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover.
"I don't know whether I can fill those shoes," he said. "But I know that however I do, I will be standing truly on the shoulders of a giant, someone who has made a remarkable difference in the life of this country. I can promise you, Mr. President and Mr. Director, that I will do my very best to honor and protect that legacy."
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