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Bonnie H. Cordon, former Young Women general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will serve as Southern Virginia University’s 10th president effective immediately, university officials announced Friday, Oct. 13.

Sister Cordon, who completed seven years of service as a general officer for the Church on Aug. 1, succeeds Reed N. Wilcox — the university’s longest-tenured president — who has served at the university since 2014.

In the press release accompanying the announcement, Sister Cordon shared that she is “thrilled with the honor and privilege” of serving as the university’s next president.

“With its rich history of outstanding leadership, I am committed to building upon this university’s legacy with faith in Christ and wholehearted enthusiasm for the future,” she said.

Located in Buena Vista, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, Southern Virginia University is a private four-year liberal arts college. Although not owned by the Church, the university strives to align with the Church’s values and teachings. “We gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students,” the website states.

Sustained as a counselor in the Primary general presidency in 2016 and then as Young Women general president in 2018, Sister Cordon served through a significant season for the Church, including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the Children and Youth program and the creation of a new Young Women theme, as well as the updated “For the Strength of Youth” standards guide.

University Chairman L. Hugh Redd said Sister Cordon comes to the position at a pivotal time in the history of Southern Virginia University. “Her unique experience, along with her insight and understanding of the needs of today’s rising generation, particularly qualify her for this role. We are fortunate to have President Cordon leading us at this time and we are thrilled about this next chapter in our university’s legacy,” he said in the press release.

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