Since the inception of the Great Lives program in 2004, University of Mary Washington Professor of History William B. Crawley has served as Director of the Series and has also been the instructor for the course “Great Lives: Biographical Approaches to History and Culture.” After earning a B.A. in History from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, Crawley went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of Virginia. He has been a member of the History faculty at UMW for over 40 years, during which time he won several awards for outstanding teaching and held a number of administrative positions; he is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. Crawley is the author of a biography of twentieth-century Virginia politician of William M. Tuck titled Bill Tuck: A Political Life in Harry Byrd’s Virginia, as well as The Centennial History of The University of Mary Washington, published in 2008.