New University of Lynchburg president takes on official duties August 1

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, who came to Lynchburg after serving as interim chancellor at Western Carolina University, will take over the official duties of the University of Lynchburg’s president on August 1.

Morrison-Shetlar was named president-elect in November 2019.

She has already started to serve the University of Lynchburg community. When the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact the United States, she joined an effort to sew cloth face masks for the University community. The goal was to make 10,000 before school started on Aug. 12.

The initiative, which she called “Sewcial Hornets,” eventually involved more than 360 people — students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Morrison-Shetlar’s sister in the United Kingdom, mother-in-law in Kansas, and friends in North Carolina joined in.

“This is the type of project that brings a community together around a common goal and unites us in supporting the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “It takes all of us to make a difference in the lives of others and we all carry the responsibility to ensure that we do not spread this virus.”

On August 1, Morrison-Shetlar will spend her first official day as president serving the greater Lynchburg community at the Building Our Community Together event.

She and her husband will also announce a new endowed scholarship.

Morrison-Shetlar is the University of Lynchburg’s 11th president and the first female and the first person born outside the U.S. to serve as president of the University.

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