Mayor-elect David Whitus ’83 is the first Longwood graduate to be elected to lead Farmville.

A native of Farmville, Whitus, the director of administration, marketing and development at The Woodland, garnered nearly 48 percent of the vote in the three-way May 6 contest. He graduated from Longwood in 1983 with a degree in finance and management.

"I am honored and humbled to be the first Longwood graduate to be elected mayor of Farmville," said Whitus. "There is a deep-rooted history between the university and the community, and Longwood has developed into the economic engine of the town. We have a great opportunity—with President Reveley the new leader of Longwood and a graduate the new leader of the town—to work together for a common purpose and continue to strengthen a mutually beneficial relationship."

Longwood University had an enrollment in 2013-14 of 4,960 and celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. It is among the 100 oldest universities in the nation, and the third-oldest public university in Virginia.

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