Brown Bags with the President 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from fmc@lynchburg.edu on April 5, 2022. The Flynn Multicultural Center invited President Morrison-Shetlar to the Brown Bag Lunch Event to inspire other young women. 

On March 31, 2022, the University of Lynchburg’s Flynn Multicultural Center welcomed President Alison Morrison-Shetlar to join its weekly brown bag lunch. 

Brown Bag lunches allow constituents from all across the campus community to interact with  President Morrison-Shetlar. 

“I want to get to know people and to find out about them, but also for them to get to know me,”President-Morrison-Shetlar stated. “I hope I already have because I told my story which was I was first generation, had low inspirations, and I believe that is darn inspirational. Now I have been in higher education for 38 years, but have taught for 34 years.” 

Annette B. Stadtherr, director of Flynn Multicultural Services, said, “She is our first female president of the University. She has great ideas and direction for the University. She has already implemented wonderful things in her short tenure here. We look forward to many more things to come from her.”

Stadtherr added, “One of her pillars is diversity, equity, and inclusion, so we feel that directly impacts us, the students, and the work we do here in Flynn. One of the first things she did when she took the reins as president was she promoted Dr. Canida from being a diversity, equity, and inclusion officer and made him Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Canida is now part of the president’s direct report and is a part of her executive committee.” 

Adrieanna Vest-Turner, a graduate assistant in the Office of Equity and Inclusion asked the president what advice she would give to women that would want to be in her role someday.

Vest-Turner’s said, “I would say as a woman it is nice to see another fellow woman in the position she is in. It is inspiring because she worked hard, and I believe if I work hard, I can become a university president as well.”

 If you are interested in attending more Flynn Multicultural Center events, please contact Stadtherr at stadtherr@lynchburg.edu

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