Shenandoah University Director of the Center for Public Service & Scholarship Karen Schultz, Ph.D., was named to Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s Common Ground for Virginia Transition Committee in an announcement made yesterday, Nov. 14, by McAuliffe.

A transition team is a common practice for incoming governors, and it helps to prepare the groundwork for a new administration. Gov.-elect McAuliffe’s bipartisan transition team includes 53 representatives from across Virginia who will work together and with McAuliffe during the next two months to construct the foundation for a successful administration.

“It is important that we, as citizens, step up to help our government when we have the opportunity,” said Dr. Schultz. “It is an honor to be part of any committee that is dedicated to helping our elected officials in their service, and I am excited to work with Gov.-elect McAuliffe as he reaches across all parties. He has made it clear he intends to work in a bipartisan way with the citizens of the Commonwealth. I look forward to helping the team to ensure education and health care have a strong voice and connection  with this administration, and I look forward to helping in as many ways as I can.”

“I’m proud of Karen and her representation of Shenandoah University’s commitment to engaged, active citizenship,” said President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. “Karen is a living example of participation in the democratic process, and she models that for our students regularly.”

In addition to serving as Director of Shenandoah’s Center for Public Service & Scholarship, Schultz is a recognized community leader and an active advocate for education and community service at the local, state and federal levels. Last spring, she accepted the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award on behalf of Shenandoah University for dedicated service to the community.