Carl W. Vogt '58  (1936- )

Williams College President 1999-2000

Carl Vogt is a former senior partner of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., an international firm of more than 600 lawyers. In addition to managing the Washington office, he served as an elected member of the firm's Policy Committee, responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and operational decisions.

In addition to serving as Willliams president from 1999 to 2000, his extensive experience in higher education includes representing Duke University for 25 years and serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He also has represented the American Council on Education, the American College Testing Service, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright scholarships), the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

He also has experience in civil rights issues, including service as chair of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section Special Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, as well as alternative dispute resolution, employment law, and aviation law.

In 1992 President Bush appointed him chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, the independent federal agency that determines the causes of major transportation accidents and recommends safety improvements. As the board's CEO for two years he was responsible for all national and international operations, budget setting, congressional relations, internal management, and public relations.

In 1991 President Bush appointed him to a term on the Board of Directors of Amtrak and in 1996, following the crash of TWA Flight 800, President Clinton appointed him to the White House Commission on Aviation and Safety, also known as the Gore Commission.

As a trustee of Williams he has served on the board's Instruction Committee, Degrees Committee, Campus Life Committee, and Public Affairs Committee. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Williams College Society of Alumni and currently is National Co-Chair of Climb Far: The Williams Campaign.

He and his wife Margrit reside in San Francisco. They have two grown daughters.