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President Cormier selected to receive 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

November 6, 2009

Longwood President Dr. Patricia P. Cormier Longwood President Patricia P. Cormier

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. The award is being presented jointly to university presidents who have either retired this year or will do so at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year. Others receiving the award are John Casteen, president of the University of Virginia; Eddie N. Moore Jr., president of Virginia State University; Eugene P. Trani, former president of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The awards will be presented during the Fifth Annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

  • John Casteen became president of the University of Virginia in 1990 and oversaw a major restructuring of university administration and governance and one of the largest capital campaigns ever undertaken. He also directed major academic improvements and expansions of the university's facilities.
  • Patricia Cormier is in her 14th year as president of Longwood University, having served in higher education for more than 40 years. She has overseen a $300 million construction program and developed a new nursing program that begins next fall.
  • Eddie N. Moore Jr. became the 12th president of Virginia State University in 1993. During Moore's tenure, the university has increased the number of honors students, renovated residence halls and other campus buildings and completed its first multi-million dollar capital campaign.
  • Eugene P. Trani retired on June 30, 2009 after nearly two decades of serving as president of VCU. Under Trani's leadership, VCU expanded academically and physically on both campuses and became the largest university in Virginia in 2007. Campus expansion led to a public-private sector partnership to redevelop Broad Street.  Another initiative joined the schools of business and engineering to foster interdisciplinary teaching, research and public service.

Other awards to be presented include The Public-Private Partnership Award, The Community Enhancement Award, the Innovation in Government Award, The Unsung Heron Award, and The Hill-Robinson Expansion of Freedom Award.