Clark receives alumni award

Published 3:33 pm Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark received the Rotunda Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Longwood University during an award ceremony March 16. The Rotunda alumni award, according to the university’s website, is for alumni who are under the age of 40 and “who have demonstrated excellence in their careers and/or in citizen leadership.”

Clark, who graduated from Longwood in 2005, was elected in 2015 to serve as the county’s commonwealth’s attorney. Regarding the award, Clark said she was honored to receive it and has been honored to make an impact in the community.

“I cannot find words adequate enough to express my gratitude to the Longwood Alumni Board for this award,” Clark said in a statement Monday. “I thoroughly enjoy each day serving my community as Commonwealth’s Attorney. Likewise my position has been a springboard for allowing me to serve the community beyond the courtroom. To be recognized for doing something I truly love doing is a blessing, and I am committed to continuing my service to the citizens of Prince Edward County.”

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Dr. Theresa Clark, chair of the Department of Social Work & Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood and Clark’s mother, received the Nancy B. Shelton Spirited Contributor Award, an award for current faculty and staff at the university that “recognizes excellence in service that exemplifies the university’s values of honesty, equality, civility and citizen leadership.”

Ryan Catherwood, assistant vice president of Alumni and Career Services, said Tuesdaythat the process to choose a recipient alumni for the award can take months and involves an open nomination process during the spring and summer and choosing the candidate during the fall.

“We seek to find … the candidates that best represent the awards as they have been described,” Catherwood said. He said the association was honored to recognize Clark’s extensive service and leadership in Prince Edward. “We’re incredibly thrilled here at Longwood to honor Megan Clark,” Catherwood said. “She’s a tremendous asset to the community in her role, and it was a great honor to honor her.”