Pair of JMU alums selected as Virginia Management Fellows

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Harrisonburg, Virginia — Of 10 students selected from around the state to the 2022-24 Virginia Management Fellows program, two come from JMU. 

Edward Cronin of Springfield and Karli Foster of Collinsville are both recent JMU alums. 

A collaboration between the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management and Virginia Tech, the program addresses the Commonwealth's need for talented, trained and prepared government leaders. 

The 10 Fellows work with 10 state agency mentors who guide projects as well as offer hands-on agency work and research efforts. 

During the two-year leadership and management development certificate program, Virginia Management Fellows learn and practice technical and generalist skills that are important to state agencies. 

Three eight-month agency rotations give Fellows day-to-day work experience, and they also learn financial management, public budgeting, and other key competencies needed in state government. 

The General Assembly first approved the program in 2017. 

"This cohort marks the fifth anniversary of the VMF program, an important milestone for the state. We are demonstrating our commitment to Virginia's future leaders," said Secretary of Administration Lyn McDermid. 



Contact: Eric Gorton,, 540-908-1760 

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Published: Friday, September 2, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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