Message from the President

President Fitzsimmons

Welcome to Shenandoah University!

As you explore the pages of this Web site, I hope you will become as excited about Shenandoah as I am. Our university is a vibrant, welcoming place, one where what you can imagine can come true.

Shenandoah’s faculty, staff and administration strive every day to create an environment in which our students can succeed, during their time here and throughout their future. In turn, we are inspired by Shenandoah’s students, the future leaders of our global society.

At Shenandoah, the faculty and staff are committed to providing students with the highest quality educational experience in a deeply compassionate environment. Our professors love to share in the learning and discovery process alongside their students – whether in a laboratory, on stage, in a clinic, in the archives, or while hiking in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

As president, I spend most of my time working with others to lead this institution. But, my favorite hours each week are spent with students – having dinner with them in my home with my family, travelling abroad with them, attending their performances or presentations, or learning with them in the course I teach each year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of my office staff, should you have any questions about what Shenandoah University can do for you. We are available by calling (540) 665-4505 or via e-mail at

All of us at Shenandoah invite you to visit our campus in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley. I look forward to welcoming you.


President's Office

President's Biography

Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., became Shenandoah University’s 16th president on July 1, 2008. She is the institution’s first female president since its founding in 1875 and one of the youngest university presidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She came to Shenandoah in 2001, as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, became vice president for…Read More

University Cabinet

The University Cabinet, chaired by the president of the university, is the chief policy-making body on campus that advises the president on all matters, including recommendations from the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, Staff Council and other sources. Read More

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Shenandoah’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013 was developed following months of conversation and input from all the university’s constituency groups: students, faculty, staff, trustees and community leaders. The town hall format was utilized to gain a comprehensive plan and to produce the strategic plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in October 2008. The initiatives…Read More

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