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Longwood represented at the Women Executives in Higher Education conference

December 12, 2011

Tracy Fitzsimmons, Mirta Martin, Terry Sullivan, Deneese Jones, Marge Connelly at WEVHE conference
From left: Tracy Fitzsimmons, Mirta Martin, Terry Sullivan, Deneese Jones, Marge Connelly

Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of Longwood's College of Education and Human Services, and Marge Connelly, rector of the Longwood University Board of Visitors, recently participated in the Women Executives in Virginia Higher Education (WEVHE) conference at the University of Virginia. Dr. Jones is state coordinator of the WEVHE, an affiliate of the Virginia Network and the American Council on Education Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE).

University of Virginia President Terry Sullivan hosted the conference that was held in the Jefferson Scholars Building on the University of Virginia campus. Themed "Women Leaders in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education," the one-day event was facilitated by President Sullivan with a senior executive's panel that included Rector Connelly; Mirta Martin, Virginia Community College System board member and dean of the School of Business at Virginia State University; and Tracy Fitzsimmons, president of Shenandoah University.  

"The WEVHE conference is a tremendously effective networking opportunity for women administrators beginning at the dean's level and above," said Dr. Jones.  "Indeed, the presenters are 'magically personable' each year and are able to connect to their audience with unique, relevant, and inspiring work life experiences that are authentic.  WEVHE is a simple but effective level of professional development that is minus the limitations of some larger events."

WEVHE plays a particular role in identifying, nurturing, and advancing women into executive level positions and decision-making roles for higher education in the Commonwealth. Through networking, individual mentorship, nomination, and targeted programs, WEVHE provides support and encouragement to those taking on leadership roles in Virginia higher education. Advocacy for issues of importance to women is also an important part of the mission.