Tracy Fitzsimmons

Tracy Fitzsimmons is Shenandoah University’s 16th president and the institution's first female president since its founding in 1875. She joined the Winchester, Va.-based private university in 2001 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and became vice president for Academic Affairs in 2002 and senior vice president in 2006. President since 2008, Dr. Fitzsimmons holds a faculty appointment as professor of political science and still teaches a course each year. Previously, she was a tenured faculty member and faculty leader at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. 

As president, she leads an institution of 4,100 students and 900 faculty and staff at Shenandoah's 129-acre main campus in Winchester, Va., and at satellite campuses in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Clarke Counties, Va. In 2020, Virginia Business featured her in its Virginia 500 Power List.

Fitzsimmons serves on the board of directors of the publicly traded company Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications, Inc.), where she is the lead independent director and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She also serves as a Region 8 council member of GO Virginia, a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative.

She is past chair of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) and past president of both the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), where she remains very involved. She serves on the boards of the Loudoun Education Foundation and Blue Ridge District BB&T Bank and is a member of both the International Women's Forum of DC and 100 Women Strong of Loudoun County. Currently, she is the presidential sponsor of the Women’s Network Virginia, American Council on Education.

Fitzsimmons received her undergraduate degree in politics from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University in Latin American studies and political science, respectively. She lives in Winchester, Va., with her husband, Knox Singleton, and their two children.