Christopher Newport University is a public 4-year school located in Newport News, VA, close to the James River. The school was founded in 1960 as an extension of the College of William and Mary in nearby Williamsburg and named for the captain of the Susan Constant, one of three ships owned by the Virginia Company that transported colonial settlers to Jamestown in 1607. The school obtained independence from its parent college in 1977 and reached university status in 1992. The 250+ acre campus contains multiple quads and green spaces and features buildings keeping with the local historical architecture in Georgian Revival style. Among notable alumni is the “Snuggie” inventor Allison Lerner.