William Darnell “Bill” Euille

William Darnell “Bill” Euille (b. 1950–)

Alexandria
Mayor

Born in Alexandria, William Darnell “Bill” Euille graduated from T. C. Williams High School before attending Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1972, he returned to Alexandria, where he joined a local construction company as an accountant. Within eight years he had become vice president and controller, in charge of administration, finance, and contracts. In 1987 he formed Wm. D. Euille and Associates, a construction services firm, and serves as its president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board.

Taking an interest in local affairs, Euille sat on the Alexandria School Board from 1974 to 1984 and on the Alexandria City Council from 1994 to 2003, serving as vice mayor from 1997 to 2000. He won election as the first African American mayor in Alexandria in 2003. He was reelected in 2006, 2009, and 2012. Euille has been involved in many charitable and business organizations, such as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Alexandria United Way Campaign, and his own William D. Euille Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the community from such organizations as the Alexandria and Virginia chapters of the NAACP, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Post, the Alexandria Sportsman Club, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Honorable William Euille at the 2014 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History event on February 5, 2014.

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Discussion Questions for Teachers and Students:

  1. Mayor Euille is involved in many volunteer organizations in his community—what can volunteers do to make a difference in your community?
  2. Do you think because Mayor Euille is alive in modern times that he faced greater or lesser challenges than historic figures?