J. William Charrier ’69, Annual Giving Volunteer

April 23rd, 2015 / Annual Giving

Bill CharrierLet’s start with a love story, one that has benefited Princeton. An English major at Princeton, Bill Charrier was also active in Theatre Intime. Soprano Anne Stovall was then a student at nearby Westminster Choir College, and the two met in a Theatre Intime production of Little Mary Sunshine―she in the title role, he providing tech support. He later became the group’s producer and business manager. Bill and Anne Stovall Charrier later founded the Friends of Theatre Intime, which Bill now serves as board chair.

He remembers his Princeton years as “a time to think―to think about growing up, to think about great literature, to think what you ought to do with your life.” He was also a member of ROTC, and after a short stint of teaching and graduate school, he entered the US Army, serving three years in Thailand as an intelligence officer. A civilian again, he earned his MBA at Stanford University.

Charrier’s career has centered on ship owning, ship operations, and international logistics. He has been president of American Automar, which specialized in providing services to the US Armed Forces. He retired in 2007 as chair of US Lines, an international ocean transportation and logistics company, now operating containership services as part of the CMA-CGM Group headquartered in Marseilles.

Co-executive vice president of the Class of 1969, he is also a member of the special gifts committee and a longtime solicitor. He has also served the class as president, reunion chair, reunion committee member, and participation chair.

Bill is a member of the board of Princeton Internships in Civic Service, and Anne is a former member. PICS, established by the Class of 1969, is now supported by six classes and four regional associations, some of which have created substantial community service funds of their own. Bill notes the importance of imbuing Princeton students with “a deep commitment to a life of service, whatever career paths they may choose,” and believes that PICS is “a significant part of that process.”

Bill’s other commitments include the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, which sponsors research in oceanography and marine science, whose board he chairs, and the board of the Charrock Foundation, a family charitable trust.

Bill and Anne―now a retired opera singer and proud honorary member of the Great Class of 1969―live in Potomac, Maryland. They have two children and four grandchildren.