The Presidency from a Family Perspective

by Victoria Kidd

While Jay settles into a new job, Marsha Lemons intends to spend the next year settling into their new home, enjoying their youngest daughter Meredith's final year of high school and completing her college search. And then, she plans to "take a deep breath."

"We have been on the fast track for the last 25 years in the role of president and his family, here and at UVA's College at Wise," Marsha explains.

She says she looks forward to exploring the world beyond Susquehanna, but in reality, she's already an active and influential member of the broader community.

She currently serves on the boards of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way and Transitions of PA domestic abuse shelter.

She sits on the Snyder County Library's fundraising committee, co-chairs Selinsgrove's downtown holiday decorating committee, and is involved in a book club at the local prison.

"I will continue to be involved in those things, and perhaps more. And someday," she jokes, "maybe I'll decide what I want to be when I grow up and get a job."

Funny thing is, she's had a job (and then some) all along. From her days as an event planner at UVA-"a great education for what was to come," she says-to the countless dinner parties and receptions she hosted at Pine Lawn, Marsha has been the silent partner and secret ingredient in Jay's success. "It's not a day job. It's a lifestyle," she says. But it's a lifestyle she wouldn't trade.

"I had always wanted to have a family, and so in many ways, I've felt I really had the best of both worlds-work and family. I was able to stay at home with my children, but at the same time, I was very involved in an adult world. We have always hosted and attended events on campus, so I got to meet incredible and smart people, and engage in conversations and decisions that led me out of the house and into the ‘office.'"

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