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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2012- Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3124

Longwood University diversity center to be named after Department of Corrections Deputy Director Scott

RICHMOND - Longwood University’s first African-American graduate, N. H. “Cookie” Scott, Deputy Director of Administration at the Virginia Department of Corrections, will lend her name to Longwood’s Diversity and Inclusion Center, which will now be called the “N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion.”

Ms. Scott graduated from Longwood in 1972 with a B.A. in sociology and began her corrections career in 1973 as a probation officer in the Sixteenth District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Charlottesville. Ms. Scott rose through the department, serving as Court Service Unit Director and Employment Manager Senior before becoming Deputy Director of Administration in 2002.
“Esteemed, dedicated public servants like Cookie Scott are one of the reasons Virginians enjoy the benefits of good government,” Governor Bob McDonnell said. “The Virginia Department of Corrections works every day to improve public safety, and I congratulate Ms. Scott on this recognition.”

Ms. Scott is responsible for overseeing the Department of Corrections’ support functions, furthering the department’s work to improve long term safety and foster societal progress through the successful transformation and reintegration of men and women who have been under the control and care of corrections.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the benefit of Cookie’s expertise,” said Harold Clarke, Virginia Department of Corrections Director. “Cookie not only has a wealth of knowledge, but she cares deeply about the work she does each day and the impact this agency has on Virginia’s communities.”

Ms. Scott spoke at Longwood's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and was the 2005 convocation speaker. Longwood is located in Farmville, Virginia.