VA Senator to Speak to at Concord Alumni Banquet, Friday, May 12

For Immediate Release: 
May 07 2006

VA Senator to Speak to at Concord Alumni Banquet, Friday, May 12

Athens, W.Va. - The Concord University Alumni Association’s annual celebration and banquet will be held this Friday, May 12.

Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds ‘80 will serve as the featured speaker for the banquet.

Senator R. Creigh Deeds, a native of Richmond, Virginia, attended Virginia’s public schools and graduated from Bath County High School in 1976. After completing undergraduate work at Concord College, he received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984. Currently he is an attorney in private practice. His public service career began in 1987 when he was elected Bath County Commonwealth’s Attorney. In 1991, he ran successfully for the House of Delegates, where he served for 10 years. At the end of his tenure in the House, Sen. Deeds served as chair of the Democratic caucus.

In December 2001, to fill a vacancy, Deeds was elected to represent the 25th District in the Senate of Virginia. Currently, he represents all or part of the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Bath, Nelson and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington and Charlottesville. He serves on four Senate standing committees: Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; Transportation; Privileges and Elections; and Rehabilitation and Social Services.

Senator Deeds was appointed in 2006 to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, the State Water Commission, and the Virginia Sesquicentennial for the American Civil War Commission. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Land Conservation Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Frontier Culture Museum, and the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center and the Virginia Law-Related Education Advisory Board.

In 2005, Sen. Deeds was the Democratic nominee for the office of Attorney General. In the closest election in state history, Deeds was outspent 2-1 and lost by 360 votes out of nearly two million cast.

In recognition of his work in the legislature, Sen. Deeds has received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy, and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia named him Delegate of the Year in 2000. He also has been awarded the Warren Stambaugh Award and a Leadership Award from Virginians United Against Crime.

Senator Deeds and his wife, Pam, live with their four children – Amanda, Rebecca, Gus and Susannah – in Bath County at the western end of the 25th Senate District. Their two older daughters are students at James Madison University and the University of Virginia.

The Association will also host a dedication of the Alumni Legacy Walk and present the Association’s annual awards.

Cost for the banquet and reception is $18 a person. A dedication of the Legacy Walk will be at 5 p.m. under the breezeway between the J. Frank Marsh Library and Marsh Hall and the banquet will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom. Guests who attend the dedication may enjoy refreshments in the Student Center Television Lounge on the second floor.

Reservations for the banquet are required. Please contact the Alumni Office at: 1-304-384-6056, 1-304-384-5348 or


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.