When the Great Lives program opens its 14th season in January, it will have a new name. Originally titled The Chappell Lecture series, reflecting the instrumental role of John Chappell and his family in providing both the initial endowment and continuing support for the program, it will henceforth be called The William B. Crawley Lecture Series. The new title, instituted at the urging of Mr. Chappell himself, reflects the crucial role played by Professor Emeritus Crawley, who created the series in 2004 and has served as its director throughout its subsequent fourteen-year existence.
In announcing the change at the program’s kick-off reception at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center on October 18, Mr. Chappell noted that “the vision of bringing authors of outstanding biographies to talk to students and to the Fredericksburg public has been refined continuously through Dr. Crawley’s personal effort, and has become a widely recognized and highly successful model of university/community participation.”
Regarding his family’s advocacy for the name change, he continued, “We have long recognized Bill as the architect of the success of Great Lives and we are grateful. We feel the future of the program will benefit the more that his leadership is connected clearly to the Series.”