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Barry Case receives Longwood’s highest honor

May 17, 2010

Longwood President Patricia Cormier and Barry J. Case Longwood President Patricia Cormier and Barry J. Case

Barry J. Case, former rector of the Longwood University Board of Visitors and leader of the recently concluded presidential search process, has received Longwood's highest honor.

Case, who has been involved with Longwood since 1995, was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. The award, given only five times previously since being created in 2000, was conferred by Longwood President Patricia Cormier at commencement May 8.

"This is a very special award, given only to those who served the university at the highest level," Dr. Cormier said before presenting the award, which consists of a medallion and a resolution. "It is different from all other awards in that it is intended to be the highest honor that this institution can confer on individuals who are not employees of the university and yet who embody the timeless ideals of the Longwood Citizen Leader."

Recipients of the award "must have rendered extraordinary service to the university by contributing significantly to the well-being, growth and development of the university and the local community; contributing significantly to the university achieving its mission; giving tirelessly of themselves in providing extraordinary service to the institution; and consistently demonstrating the qualities of the Longwood Citizen Leader."

The resolution notes that Case has served Longwood "with distinction and honor for 15 years" and "despite not being a Longwood graduate, he has come to love Longwood and is among its greatest cheerleaders. His leadership both through his service on Longwood boards and through the recent search process has been extraordinary."

Case chaired the Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee from May 2009 until it announced a successor to Dr. Cormier on March 2, 2010. He served on the Board of Visitors from 2001 to 2009 and was rector from 2003 to 2005. Now that his tenure on the Board of Visitors is over, he has returned to the Corporate Advisory Board of the College of Business & Economics, on which he served from 1995 to 2001.

Case, who lives in Midlothian, worked for Philip Morris Companies Inc. from 1974 to 1994, the last 14 years in Richmond as vice president of human resources. Among his many voluntary activities, he is a member of the board of the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation and also is involved with the Virginia Opera, Midlothian YMCA, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield County, and the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. He is a Philadelphia native and a Widener University graduate.

"Barry and Donna Case have been fantastic supporters of the university in so many ways," said Craig Rogers, Longwood's vice president for university advancement.