Commencement Speaker

Photo of Judge G. Steven Agee

United States Court of Appeals Judge G. Steven Agee will deliver Bridgewater College’s 2016 commencement address.

Judge Agee was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by President George W. Bush, unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and took office on July 1, 2008.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977. In 1978, Judge Agee received his L.L.M. (in Taxation) from the New York University School of Law.

Judge Agee was in the private practice of law in Roanoke, Va., from 1977 to 2000 and a partner in the law firm of Osterhoudt, Ferguson, Natt, Aheron & Agee, P.C. from 1981 to 2000. From 1982 to 1994, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He served on the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission from 1996 to 2000 and in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps, United States Army Reserve, from 1986 to 1997.

Judge Agee was elected by the General Assembly of Virginia to the Court of Appeals of Virginia in 2000 and served as a judge of that court from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, he was elected by the General Assembly of Virginia to the Supreme Court of Virginia and served as a justice of that court from 2003 to 2008 until his confirmation to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Judge Agee is a member of the board of trustees of Bridgewater College. He is married to Nancy Howell Agee and has one son, Zachary S. Agee, a 2009 alumnus of the College.