Washington, D.C. – The
Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities (AASCU) has selected Longwood University (Va.) 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 will discuss An Expression of the American Mind: Citizen Leaders in the Global Marketplace at the luncheon on November 24.
For nearly 40 years, Cormier has been a senior administrator at seven
institutions of higher learning. Before becoming Longwood’s 24th
president in 1996, Cormier was vice president for academic affairs and
professor of educational leadership at Winthrop University (S.C.). She
also served as vice president and dean of Wilson College (Pa.), and as
vice president for development and alumni relations at the Medical
College of Pennsylvania.
In 2004 Cormier and her husband, Dr. Raymond Cormier, established
the Cormier Center for Citizen Scholars. This signature honors program
provides “select students with opportunities to enhance their
educational experiences while contributing to the betterment of
Cormier holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of
Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University (Mass.). She is
a former chair of the AASCU Board of Directors.
Approximately 200 presidents and chancellors from around the country
will attend the meeting, which runs from Sunday, November 23 – Tuesday,
November 25, 2008.
AASCU is the leadership association of 420 public colleges and
universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common
commitments to access, affordability and educational
opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions
fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the
public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby
improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their