Fran is more than a leader in the field of health and physical education. She has become the embodiment of her field at the local, state and national levels.

When Meyer arrived at Longwood, she wanted to teach history or English. But when a counselor suggested that she choose a different subject because those fields were very popular, Meyer made a decision that charted the course of her professional life.

“I started thinking about what I could do in my life to be a person who is going to make a difference for society,” Meyer recalled. “I started thinking about what fields would have the most impact. Then I thought about people’s health. That’s the most important thing.”

She began her career in public education teaching in Fredericksburg. She later went to work for the Virginia Department of Education, where she spent 14 years working in various roles, including HIV prevention education. During her career, she was instrumental in creating Virginia’s family life education standards and the state Standards of Learning for dance, health and physical education.

“I love teaching. It’s still my heart and soul,” Meyer said.

Over the past two decades, she has held leadership and administrative positions and done pro bono consulting for organizations within the fields of health, physical fitness and arts education. Meyer has received 29 professional awards at the local, state, national and international levels.

Her commitment to Longwood has included supporting students with philanthropy and serving on the Alumni Board. She is currently a member of the College of Education, Health and Social Services Advisory Committee.

The Distinguished Citizen Leader Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have achieved outstanding success and national distinction in both their personal and professional life. It is the highest and most prestigious award bestowed by the Alumni Association.

Do you know an alum like Fran? Nominate them for an Alumni Award today!

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