Douglas W. Ey, Jr. (Doug)

Charlotte, NC


General Counsel, McGuireWoods LLP (retired)


  • B.A. (History) Davidson College, 1976 
  • J.D. Vanderbilt University, 1979

At Davidson

Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Davidsonian staff, Hall Counselor, IMAC, member of Pi Kappa Alpha

Alumni Activities

Former President of the Charlotte alumni chapter; member of the planning committees for his 10th, 15th (chair), 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th (chair) class reunions; vice president of the Alumni Association Board; Annual Fund (national chair, Fideles chair, Ne Ultra fundraising committee and class chair); member of the Board of Visitors. He received the Alumni Service Award in 1996.

Other Activities

Served multiple terms as a member of the vestry, senior warden, stewardship chair, capital campaign chair and church school teacher at Christ Episcopal Church. Currently a trustee and chair of the board of The Crosland Foundation. Previously served as chair of the board of the Wing Haven Foundation, Inc.; board of directors of YMCA Camp Thunderbird, Inc.; and co-chair of the Parents’ Council, Sewanee: The University of the South.

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference; previously served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and as co-chair, Access to Justice Campaign, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont.


  • Spouse: Tere Yow Ey
  • Three adult children

Personal Statement

Like so many others, I know that Davidson was the essential formative experience of my life. I didn’t leave Davidson fully formed – it took marriage and a family to get closer to that – but the foundation was laid at Davidson, and Davidson was my launching pad.

The academic experience was important, but Davidson relationships were the key for me. Professors like Malcolm Partin, Charles Cornwell, Bob Avinger and Malcolm Lester challenged me, requiring much, but they gave me and countless others much more. They were mentors and guides at Davidson and for decades thereafter. And the friendships formed at Davidson are the constants of my life, with the unexpected joy that the circle of Davidson friends just keeps growing. The shared experience is an instant and unspoken bond. Davidson’s impact and influence never end. For all of these things, I am deeply grateful.

Again, my experience is not unique; hopefully, it is typical. My aspiration for Davidson is that it will continue to be a place where firm foundations will form readily, and where new generations of students will be thoroughly challenged, then launched – in the inimitable words of the College’s Statement of Purpose, launched into “lives of leadership and service” with “humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds.”