Commencement 2019

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Professor of Biology Dr. Victor Townsend was honored with a Certificate of Achievement this month by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Dominion Foundation. Townsend was nominated earlier this year for a 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA) and was one of only 33 nominees that made it to the final selection round. The OFAs are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, recognizing superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. In a selection process based on peer review scores, Townsend placed among the top 25 percent in his category. In a letter praising Townsend’s accomplishments, SCHEV Policy Analyst for Academic Affairs and Planning Beverly R. Covington wrote: “I hope that you will take pride in the fact that your institution chose to highlight your obvious talents as a faculty member and that your application stood out among this year’s 109 nominations.”