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Longwood Board of Visitors appoints presidential search committee

March 31, 2009

The Longwood University Board of Visitors has appointed a 14-member committee to help find a successor to President Patricia Cormier.

Dr. Cormier, Longwood's president since August 1996, will retire June 30, 2010. Members of the Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee were announced during the Board meeting March 27.

The members are Board members Marge Connelly, Barry Case, Otis Brown, Dr. Helen Warriner-Burke and Chin Han "Hank" Kim; Dr. McRae "Mac" Amoss, chair of the Faculty Senate and professor of French, and fellow faculty members Dr. Roy Creasey, assistant professor of management, also a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and Dr. Pamela Tracy, faculty representative to the Board and associate professor of communication studies; Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services; Troy Austin, director of athletics; Mike Sheffield, president of the Longwood Alumni Board; Dr. Ken Marcus, president of the Longwood Foundation Board; Nancy Scruggs, chair of the Longwood Staff Advisory Committee; and Caitlin Revene, SGA president and student representative to the Board.

Connelly and Case, rector and vice rector of the Board, respectively, are chair and vice chair of the committee. In addition to Sheffield ('89), other Longwood alumni on the search committee are Warriner-Burke (‘56), Kim ('90), Marcus ('82) and Scruggs (‘80).

A web site (www.longwood.edu/president/search.htm) will provide information updates on the search. A search firm should be hired by May, the committee will select up to three finalists to recommend to the Board, and a new president is expected to be announced in early 2010.

"With Dr. Cormier's vision, leadership, and persistent drive for excellence, it will a daunting task to identify Longwood University's next president," said Connelly. "But, the Board is confident that the search process, through diligent and collaborative work, will be successful in its effort to select a president who shares the values, mission, and vision of Longwood University."

For more information on the Presidential Search, visit: