Hilary Legge, ‘Doah Managing Editor
November 20, 2013
One of Shenandoah University’s very own, Dr. Karen Schultz, has been named to Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s Common Ground for Virginia Transition Committee. Currently the director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship, Schultz is an esteemed member of the Winchester community and is an outspoken advocate for community service and education.
“It is important that we, as citizens, step up to help our government when we have the opportunity,” said Schultz. “It is an honor to be part of any committee that is dedicated to helping our elected officials in their service.”
Following a bitter campaign scattered with vicious attacks from both sides, McAuliffe is now turning his attention to the act of governing. He has appointed a number of Republicans to his transition team and has stated that he plans to reach across the aisle and put the partisan politics aside.
Part of the job of the transition team is to assist McAuliffe with the large number resumes and offers of assistance that will be pouring into his office.
“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.” Schultz will be one of 53 members of the bipartisan committee tasked with assisting the incoming governor in establishing his administration.
Schultz has been involved in various levels of government through the years, most often on school boards including the Winchester School Board and the Virginia State School Board Association. Schultz earned her undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, has associate’s degree in respiratory care and a master’s in business administration from S.U., and received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She has been at Shenandoah since 1981 working as a pharmacy professor up until 2009 when she took over as the director of the CPSS.