SU professor to advise governor-elect

Posted: November 16, 2013

The Winchester Star

Karen Kennedy Schultz

WINCHESTER — A longtime Shenandoah University professor has been named to Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition team.

Karen Kennedy Schultz, director of The Center for Public Service and Scholarship at SU, is one of 53 people on the “Common Ground for Virginia” Transition Committee.

“The role of this group generally is to help advise the governor-elect as he builds an administration that can hit the ground running on day one, meeting the challenges and solving the problems that confront us,” said Brian Coy, a McAuliffe spokesman, on Friday.

“Karen, given her deep roots in your community and the great work she does at Shenandoah and also just her involvement with politics and public service, is a great fit,” he said. “She’s a very smart, dedicated woman who is very passionate about making Virginians’ life better.”

Schultz has been with SU for about 30 years. She has taught pharmacy school and health-care classes, and now focuses mainly on connecting faculty and staff members and students to the community through service learning.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve on the transition team, to support a governor that truly is reaching in a bipartisan way to hear people’s voices from all over the commonwealth,” Schultz said on Friday.

Her civic experience includes service on the Winchester School Board (she was its chairman), the Virginia Commission for Energy and the Environment, and the Virginia Board of Nursing. Schultz unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat in 2007, losing to Jill H. Vogel.

Schultz said she will do anything she can as a transition team member to energize and engage and get the community connected with important issues.

“And, having taught in the area of health care and education, those are areas of particular interest,” she said.

McAuliffe’s other transition team members include members of the state Senate and House of Delegates, a sheriff, a fire chief, health-care representatives, union leaders and the chief of the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia. The positions are voluntary and unpaid.

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