When Dr. Helen Mundy Witt ’67, ’78 MEd, ’13 DEd died in January at the age of 88, everyone at Lynchburg knew that her legacy would live on. More than the first Black graduate of what was then Lynchburg College, she was also an educator, a civil rights advocate, a wife, mother, friend, author, and an accomplished tennis player.
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At 40, Norma White ’90, ’94 MEd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream. She would attend college and become a mental health counselor. Lynchburg’s Access Program was there to make it happen — first with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then a Master of Education in Agency Counseling.
Starting this fall, the University will offer two graduate certificates for professionals interested in advancing their careers.
“I am excited to be joining the University of Lynchburg family. I already feel like a member of the family from all of the welcome emails to colleagues across campus that also offered support and encouragement as I begin this journey,” she said.
University of Lynchburg alum Tony Francis ʼ99 MEd, ʼ14 EDd was named superintendent of Buena Vista Public Schools.
The University of Lynchburg has been recognized as part of the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings. Lynchburg ranked No. 1 in Virginia for criminology programs, No. 5 for public health programs, and No. 5 for education management programs.
The University of Lynchburg’s 2021 Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity is all about our planet’s future — and making sure younger generations are informed and prepared. “Climate Change: Educating the Next Generations on the Challenges” will be presented virtually by Kelli List Wells, founder and CEO of the STEM Leadership Alliance.
Caitlin Pugh ’07, ’19 MEd, a reading specialist at Robert S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg, has been named “Reading Teacher of the Year” by the Piedmont Area Chapter of the Virginia State Literacy Association.
In January, the University of Lynchburg announced a recommitment to its “Grow Your Own Teachers” program, a partnership with Central Virginia Community College and Lynchburg City Schools. This month, several county school divisions also reaffirmed their support of the joint program. Among them are Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties.
For this year’s 2021 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia, the award came as quite a surprise.