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Alumna named CEO of Concerned Women for America

January 22, 2010 : University Advancement staff

Penny Young Nance

A Liberty University graduate is now the leader of the nation’s largest conservative women's organization.

Concerned Women for America recently appointed Class of 1988 alumna Penny Young Nance as its new chief executive officer.

CWA founder and chairwoman Beverly LaHaye said Nance will add “leadership, energy and creativity” to the 500,000-member organization. “Penny's experience in public policy, media and leadership in the conservative movement fit perfectly with CWA's ambitious plans for the coming decade," LaHaye said.

Beverly LaHaye and her husband Tim LaHaye serve on Liberty’s Board of Trustees and are longtime LU supporters, having donated funds to open the LaHaye Ice Center on campus.

Nance, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a journalism/public relations emphasis from Liberty, said she is joining LaHaye “in the battle to preserve America's founding principles.”

“Together we are poised to build on CWA's rich 30-year legacy and to make CWA an even more powerful and influential voice in the public square. CWA's dedication to being the voice for conservative American women and families is more crucial than ever before,” she said. “We plan to fight to protect our children's future both monetarily and culturally. … CWA will continue to battle efforts to plunder the financial future of our children as well as the expansion of abortion and the coarsening of the culture. We are standing with American parents to preserve freedom and opportunity for the next generation."

Nance has served on CWA’s board and staff. She recently served as special advisor on family policy to former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and is the former president of Nance and Associates.