Lynn Hume Stuart ’60 cannot drive by the entrance to the College without feeling at home. “I get a psychological lift every time,” she said. “It’s a beautiful campus, but there is so much more to it than that. There is tradition and the people. I’m proud of this place.”
After serving for 10 years on the Board of Trustees, Stuart will be stepping down this year. Trustees may only serve two terms consecutively. What she will not do is disappear. Stuart, who lives in Lynchburg, plans to remain involved on campus.
A history major, Stuart met her future husband Bill during her junior year, and the two married shortly after she graduated. She pursued graduate work while he was in the military, and she taught at Virginia Tech when he attended graduate school there. They moved to Lynchburg in 1963 when he was hired at Wiley|Wilson, an engineering firm.
“This College prepared me for my life,” she said. “I learned how to do research and how to write well. It gave me a broad perspective on the world.”
Stuart was involved with the College for years before joining the Board of Trustees. She was one of the first docents at the College’s Maier Museum of Art. She also served as president of the Alumnae Association and co-owned a local travel business with Marie Woody Harris ’57.
A Texas native and mother of three, Stuart began her tenure on the Board of Trustees as a way to be more involved with her alma mater. She served on various committees including the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Facilities Master Plan Committee.
“She really has a genuine interest in the future of the College, particularly how the campus will develop over the next 20 years,” said Rick Barnes, a psychology and environmental studies professor who worked on the Facilities Master Plan with Stuart. “She brought a perfect balance of seriousness and purpose but was also able to keep things in perspective.”
Stuart enjoyed being a part of the planning process. The 10-year plan, which was approved by the Board in 2008, will guide Randolph College’s future growth. “It was interesting to get input from faculty and students and staff and to see it all evolve,” she said. “Being involved in something from start to finish was satisfying. So many master plans go on the shelf. This one is being used, and it’s being considered when we build for future growth. It is a workable plan.”
Stuart is looking forward to watching Randolph grow during the coming years. “This College has really shown that it has staying power and values that are going to persist,” she said. “We have an amazing group of people here.”