Shenandoah University has named Kyle W. Feldman, J. Randall (Randy) Minchew and Cecil Pruitt Jr., to Shenandoah University’s board of trustees; their membership became effective April 19.
“We’re pleased Kyle, Randy and Cecil have joined the board,” said Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. “Each has been involved with and supportive of the university for many years, and I look forward to working with them as they share their professional expertise and leadership on behalf of the university and our students.”
“Kyle’s health professions and alumni board background, along with Randy’s legal and governmental experience, and Cecil’s lifelong real estate career, allows this trio to bring vitally important viewpoints to the board of trustees, and we look forward to benefiting from the contributions of each,” said John D. Stokely Jr., board chair.
Kyle W. Feldman, DPT, ’11, ’14, a physical therapist at Physical Therapy Specialists of Winchester, earned both his undergraduate degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Shenandoah. He also serves as secretary of the Shenandoah University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
During his time as a student, Dr. Feldman played slot receiver for the Hornets football team and was named Academic All-American during his senior year. He also participated in several medical mission trips and started the group Shenandoah University Physical Therapy (SUPT) Thrive. Beginning with just three students who had a desire to provide rehabilitation services to those in need, SUPT Thrive has grown to a group of 60 and has sent students on mission trips to Kenya, Panama and Haiti. Feldman participated as an alumni clinician group leader for a group of six students who traveled to Ecuador in January 2016. He continues to maintain regular contact with his football team and undergraduate classmates who were in accelerated programs.
J. Randall (Randy) Minchew, J.D., is an attorney and managing shareholder for the Loudoun County, Virginia, Office of Walsh Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates for six years representing the 10th District, and during his tenure, he was an advocate for Shenandoah University to maintain and enhance the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG). He was also supportive of the university’s growth in Loudoun County, where its Scholar Plaza-Loudoun site and Inova Loudoun Hospital are located, both of which are part of the 10th District.
A native of Northern Virginia, Minchew has lived and worked as an attorney in Leesburg, Virginia, for more than 20 years. Following graduation from Langley High School in Fairfax County, he studied public policy and economics at Duke University. Then he studied law at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he served as an editor on the W&L Law review. He also earned a Diploma in Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary and is an active lay eucharistic minister and visitor at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg.
Minchew’s leadership in and service to the community has taken many forms over the past two decades. He was a founding member and two-term chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission as well as a founding member and chair of the Rural Economic Development Task Force. He has served with the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Loudoun County Finance Board, the Citizens’ Tax Equity Committee, and the Loudoun Judicial Center Task Force. He is an active outdoorsman and conservationist.
Cecil Pruitt Jr., founder of the Pruitt Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia, has been involved with Shenandoah University since the late 1990s, serving as a significant donor contributing to an endowed scholarship, the Cecil and Nancy Pruitt Scholarship Fund; the Brandt Student Center building campaign and the James A. Davis Scholarship. Most recently, his foundation has contributed to the Health & Life Sciences building campaign; and the annual Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business’ Business Symposium.
The Pruitt Corporation owns and manages more than 10 million square feet of commercial real estate in Northern Virginia including the Scholar Plaza-Loudoun site,where the university leases space for its nursing, education, leadership, graduate health professions and MBA programs.
Pruitt was the first industrial developer to break ground in Chantilly, Virginia, providing the catalyst for economic growth in a previously unknown and undeveloped area. His exceptional foresight, planning and attention to detail have granted him continued success over the course of 60 years. He credits his success to his personal, long-term relationships with subcontractors and his insistence that every client be given the utmost attention from initial planning through completion and move-in.