News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Herrera (202) 478-4665


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 society.”

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 state.