WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) - President Barack Obama nominated a William & Mary alumnus as the new FBI Director Friday.
James B. Comey, the newly nominated FBI Director, graduated from William and Mary in 1982 with a double major in chemistry and religion, according to W&M Associate Vice President of Communications and University Relations Brian Whitson.
"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."
Whitson notified WAVY.com of an article honoring Comey's nomination on the W&M website that 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.
Congress must confirm Comey's nomination before he can assume the position of FBI Director.
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