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Message about tuition from President Finnegan

May 14, 2011

On Saturday, May 14, the Longwood University Board of Visitors approved the tuition, fees, and room and board rates for the 2011-12 academic year.  Setting tuition and fee charges is always a difficult responsibility that the Board of Visitors spends considerable time discussing and analyzing.

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President Patrick Finnegan reflects on Longwood and his presidency in Farmville Herald interview

July 24, 2010

The editor of the Farmville Herald, Ken Woodley, had a personal interview recently with Longwood President Patrick Finnegan.  Ken's hour-long interview was a front page story in the Farmville Herald (7.23.10).  The 3-page feature story provides a reflection on President Finnegan's military career, his love for education, and the importance of citizen leadership.

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Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan selected as 25th president of Longwood University

On March 2, 2010, the Longwood University Board of Visitors announced that Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan was selected to lead Longwood University as its 25th president. Previously serving as dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy (USMA), Gen. Finnegan was the unanimous choice of the Board of Visitors during its special meeting.

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Presidential Gala raises $150,000 for the Cormier Honors College

It was a Saturday night to remember as friends and donors gathered to bid a fond farewell to President Patricia Cormier and First Gent Raymond Cormier on April 17 in Blackwell Hall.

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Message from the President Cormier to Longwood students and parents regarding tuition increases

April 13, 2010

As you look to the next few years at Longwood University, you must be wondering what the future holds.  Will Longwood continue to have top educational programs and be ranked in U. S. News & World Report?  Will Longwood continue to have small class sizes where the faculty knows every student?

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President Cormier selected to receive 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

Longwood University President Patricia P. Cormier is one of four Virginia university presidents to earn a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, view the news release.

Longwood President Patricia Cormier interviewed on the Call FLO show, WFLO 870 AM

Longwood President Patricia Cormier was the guest of Elliott Irving on the Call FLO show (8.26.09), which is broadcast on WFLO 870 AM Farmville VA. Listen to the interview


Message from the President regarding Grow by Degrees campaign

On June 22, 2009, the Virginia Business Higher Education Council launched a new coalition campaignGrow By Degreesin support of the public colleges and universities in Virginia. This collaborative effort brings together business, community, education and economic development leaders and organizations from throughout Virginia.

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State of the University - February 2009

View/download the February 2009 State of the University Address (pdf) by Longwood President Dr. Patricia P. Cormier.


Longwood president and rector announce plans for presidential transition period

Longwood University President Patricia Cormier officially announced March 5, 2009 that she is retiring June 30, 2010. A new president is expected to be selected by the spring semester of 2010. For more information, view the news release.



President Cormier authors chapter for book to aid stressed institutions

Longwood President Patricia Cormier has contributed a chapter to the book Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). "Stressed" institutions are identified as those in financial difficulty or with declining enrollments, but also as those with an ambiguous or dated mission, high student attrition, and unacceptable levels of faculty and staff turnover. The book outlines how board members, presidents, and administrators can identify their institutions’ weaknesses, implement plans for improvement, and mitigate existing damage. Turnaround also identifies the legal pitfalls that often accompany institutional change, offering solutions for how to overcome such obstacles or avoid them altogether. For more information, view the news release.


Dr. Cormier delivers AASCU's President-to-Presidents Lecture

The Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) selected Longwood University President Patricia Cormier to deliver the President-to-Presidents lecture at the association’s Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia.

A tradition at the AASCU Annual Meeting for more than 30 years, the President-to-Presidents lecture is a signal honor bestowed by the AASCU Board of Directors on one of their colleagues. The president chosen generally addresses colleagues on leadership based on his/her experience. Cormier discussed An Expression of the American Mind: Citizen Leaders in the Global Marketplace at the luncheon on November 24, 2008. For more information, view the news release.

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Breakfast with the President

Longwood President Patricia Cormier delivered her "State of the University" address to nearly 80 civic and community leaders at the annual Longwood Community Breakfast held on campus August 19. Watch the video below. [Posted 8/25/08]

View the Transcript (pdf) | Download the Economic Study Powerpoint (ppt)


Dr. Cormier to serve as Longwood's President through 2010

During its March 3 meeting, the Longwood University Board of Visitors’ Executive Committee unanimously approved a motion to amend Longwood President Patricia Cormier’s contract. Dr. Cormier will serve Longwood University as president through the 2009-2010 academic year. [Posted 4/8/08]


The Cormier Era

The latest issue of the Longwood Magazine features multiple articles on "The Cormier Era" – an overview of the progress made at Longwood University through Dr. Patricia P. Cormier’s leadership, 1996 – 2006. [Posted 6/14/07]


Longwood students named to President’s List

Longwood University selected 280 students to the President’s List for superior academic achievement during the Spring 2007 semester. Those who earned a perfect academic average of 4.0 are listed here (pdf, 85k) . [Posted 6/5/07]


Fontbonne University presents honorary degree to Dr. Cormier

Longwood University President Patricia Cormier was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters from Fontbonne University where she presented the commencement address on December 15, 2006. [Posted 1/12/07]


Presidential material: Women hold the top job at many Virginia universities

Dr. Patricia Cormier is featured in this August 2006 cover story of Virginia Business Magazine. Written by Managing Editor Paula Squires, the article begins on p. 13 and is part of a major feature story on Virginia's new CEOs. [Posted 8/10/06]


Dr. Cormier in a live radio interview with Jimmy Barrett on 1140 WRVA Richmond Morning News

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[Interview aired 1/31/06]


Dr. Patricia Cormier Receives Service Award from Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Patricia P. Cormier, Ph. D., president of Longwood University in Farmville, Va., recently received a James T. Rogers Meritorious Service Award from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) at the association's 110th annual conference held in Atlanta. This is the seventh year the meritorious service and distinguished leadership awards have been given. [Posted 12/15/05]


AASCU Annual Meeting - Global Forces: Shaping Higher Education in the 21st Century

Dr. Patricia P. Cormier, president of Longwood University and Longwood professor Dr. Raymond Cormier, recently attended the AASCU annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s theme, "Global Forces: Shaping Higher Education in the 21st Century," was set by the Board, following Dr. Cormier’s suggestions. The program was a follow-up to the international flavor of the Summer Council meeting in Montréal last July.

Cormier serves as Chair of the Board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a higher education organization whose membership is comprised of more than 430 colleges, universities, and systems of public higher education throughout the United States and its territories. [Posted 12/6/05]

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Dr. Patricia P. Cormier Speaks at the AASCU Annual Meeting Dr. Patricia P. Cormier Speaks at the AASCU Annual Meeting

Longwood University and Rappahannock Community College Sign Guaranteed Admissions Agreement

In support of Governor Mark Warner's dedication to post-secondary education for all Virginia citizens and to demonstrate Longwood University's commitment to and interest in community college graduates, throughout the summer, President Patricia Cormier will sign a guaranteed admission agreement with Virginia's 23 community colleges. [Posted 6/21/05]


President Cormier visits Morocco to explore partnership opportunities

In January Longwood President Patricia Cormier was part of a delegation from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) that went to Morocco. The delegation of eight presidents/chancellors and AASCU's director of international education met with 12 of the 14 Moroccan university presidents. The purpose of the presidential mission was to explore opportunities for educational partnerships and exchanges between AASCU campuses and the colleges and universities of Morocco. [Posted 2/14/05]


President Cormier Selected President of American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Longwood University President Patricia Cormier was selected chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) during its annual meeting on November 23 in Charleston, South Carolina. [Posted 11/23/04]


Longwood's Center for Citizens Scholars Named The Cormier Center for Citizen Scholars

When Longwood University successfully completed its first comprehensive campaign, a turning point: The Campaign for Longwood, in July 2003 it did so a year ahead of schedule having raised over $33 million. Seven objectives were the focus of the campaign, one of which, The Center for Citizen Scholars, had particular meaning to Longwood President Patricia Cormier and her husband Dr. Raymond Cormier. In appreciation of the Cormiers' dedication to the Citizen Scholar program, the Longwood Board of Visitors recently adopted a resolution naming the program The Cormier Center for Citizen Scholars. [Posted 7/2/04]


President Cormier elected to AASCU Board of Directors

President Patricia Cormier has been elected chair-elect of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) board of directors. She was elected during AASCU's annual meeting Nov. 23-25 in Carlsbad, California. She has served on the 16-member board since November 2000 when she was elected to a three-year term. AASCU is a higher education association representing more than 430 public colleges and universities and higher education systems across the United States and the U.S. territories. [Posted 12/17/03]