The Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees met on October 20 in Lexington, Virginia, and elected three new trustees including Charles H. “Charlie” Prioleau (Alpha–Washington & Lee ’79).
Prioleau graduated from W&L with a B.A. in chemistry and earned his M.B.A. in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He has more than 30 years of corporate finance and investment banking experience. Prior to retiring from banking in 2008, he was a vice chair at BMO Capital Markets, having served as executive managing director and group head of BMO’s U.S. Energy & Power Group. Before joining BMO, he was a managing director at UBS/PaineWebber and head of its energy investment banking office in Houston, Texas. He started his investment banking career with J. P. Morgan & Co. in New York City, and spent several years at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in its energy investment banking group in Houston.
In 2008, Prioleau co-founded a private oil and gas company and served as its CFO and board member. He continues to be active in finance and investments; he currently actively manages a family office, various family partnerships, and is general and managing partner of the Prioleau Family Limited Partnership.
As a student, he played varsity soccer and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. As an alumnus, he has served W&L as a Class Agent, on four reunion committees, including co-chairing his 35th reunion, two capital campaign committees and as a member of the Houston alumni chapter.
Prioleau lives in Houston with his wife, Mimi. They have two children: Wilson (W&L Class of 2016) and Carolyn (Stanford University Class of 2012).