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Watts brings organization skills and business experience to Board of Trustees

Randall J. Watts

Randall J. Watts

Randall J. Watts ’77 believes that education plays a key part in the advancement of society. She hopes her new role as a trustee for the College will allow her to play an important part in advancing educational experiences for Randolph students.

“Education is key to having successful lives, partnerships, collaborations, and diversity in everything we do,” she said.

Watts is secretary-treasurer for her family business, Watts Petroleum Corp., based in Lynchburg. She also served as president of the Virginia School of the Arts Board of Directors for several years. Virginia School of the Arts was an international boarding school for high school students focused on the performing arts.

In the community, Watts has served as president of the Junior League of Lynchburg and as a member of the board of directors for Miriam’s House, which is a homeless shelter in Lynchburg for women and children.

Besides her appointment to the Randolph College Board of Trustees this fall, Watts has served as a member of the R-MWC Alumnae and Randolph College Alumni Association and has been a chapter president. She is also co-class secretary for the Class of 1977.

Attending Randolph and R-MWC has been somewhat of a tradition in Watts’ family. Her cousins, Mary Martin Davis Bowen ’57 and Lulu Bowen Edmondson ’94, and her niece, Jessica Johnson Moorhead ’97, all earned degrees behind the Red Brick Wall. Her eldest daughter, Catherine D. Watts, also attended before ultimately graduating from Georgetown University.

Watts said organization and leadership skills were some of her biggest takeaways from her R-MWC education, and she hopes to use those skills to give back to her alma mater in this new role.

“My leadership and organizational skills, along with a willingness to volunteer, should be assets to the College and the Board,” she said. “The study skills required to get through all of the papers that I had to do have always helped me in every endeavor since graduation. The small class size forced you to be a participant in some way or another. These have helped my career and all of the volunteer boards on which I’ve served over the years.”


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