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PROFILES
Thanks to lots of input from students
and faculty, the building was designed
with many community and interactive
learning spaces, high-end technology
and state-of-the-art laboratories.
"We thought very deliberately about
making an architectural statement with
the building," Fitzsimmons notes. "It's
very visible at the entrance to the city
and gateway of the university."
The university is sprucing up the gateways into campus with a new perimeter
of low-lying walls, better signage to
navigate the campus and a new welcome
sign. "We want folks to know that Winchester is an interesting, exciting place,"
Fitzsimmons says. "A place where people don't just want to stop and get gas,
but actually want to stay and get to know
the town. We want students and families
to know we care about them from the
moment they step on campus."
In addition to construction investments, Shenandoah is deepening its
investment into its health offerings,
such as its pharmacy school and physical therapy program. It is also adding
a variety of health care certificates
and has plans to add health-related
master's degrees.
For past generations of students, "if
you went to high school and college, you
were guaranteed to get a job, but now it's
that graduate degree that helps you get
the job, so we want to build upon those
programs," Fitzsimmons adds.
Student Connection
From going on charity work trips
to Haiti to a 24-hour New York City
expedition to see a Broadway Show,
Fitzsimmons strives to stay connected
to the students of Shenandoah University and spend time with them. She has
an open-door policy, where students
know they can pop in the back door
of her office any time to talk or even
come to her house for dinner.

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"That's how I hear news from students,
like 'hey, I passed my organic chemistry
test,' or 'I'm worried about what's happening in the world,'" she says. "They all
call me 'Tracy.' I don't think that titles are
all about respect. I think you earn respect
in different ways."
Fitzsimmons says her students really
respect and understand her because
she's a mom of a 12-year-old girl and
10-year-old twin boys and is able to have
a professional and personal life balance.
She brings her children on campus,
watches their soccer games on the
weekends and spends as much time as
she can with them.
"I think that being a mother has informed who I am as a college president,"
she says. "It really informs much of
what I do in life because everyone is or
was someone's child. And those people
would have wanted their children to be

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treated with respect, [with] someone
to surround them with love and compassion, set high expectations and kick
them in the backside when they need
it. But also be there to celebrate their
successes with them."
Shenandoah University is committed
to compassion, responsibility, advocacy
and excellence in the way it operates and
supports it students. And it expects that
students will take those learned values
out into the real world.
"The key is you can't expect high levels of these things from your students
if you don't display it as an institution,"
Fitzsimmons says. "The secret sauce
is loving what you do, and I absolutely
love what I do. I think our faculty loves
what they do and where they do it. And
that matters a whole lot. It's the difference between doing a job and doing a
great job for the students." mt


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