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From ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to the President’s Office Tudy Moncure, Executive Assistant to the President

— by on December 1st, 2016

“The people here are the best, and I know everyone is trying to do a great job for the university.”

What is your official job title?
Executive assistant to the president.

How long have you worked at W&L?
Over 10 years.

What do you like best about working at W&L?
The people here are the best, and I know everyone is trying to do a great job for the university. I feel like we work in a team atmosphere, and the employees exemplify the honor and civility that the students have. So for me, it’s the people, although it doesn’t hurt being able to work on such a breathtaking campus.

What advice do you have for students (or parents)?
I would hope that all students would get involved in some form of activity. I would also hope that they look outside their normal comfort zone and try something different, outside their box. College is a place to experience, learn and try new things. For parents, I’d hope they would give their children the autonomy to experience these things.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up on George Washington’s boyhood plantation outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Same house my whole life.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I have three children, all finished with college. I also have a dog, chickens and bees. I have an organic garden and love to cook, hike, crochet, sew and do puzzles. My family is old Virginia, and I enjoy researching genealogy, belonging to several genealogy groups.

If you could live anywhere, where would you build your dream home?
I grew up on a river, so I’d pick somewhere on the Potomac where I could boat, fish and crab. I think I’d enjoy a simple life.

Who most inspires you?
I’ve had a handful of people throughout my life inspire me, and I hope that I’ve captured some of their qualities. Since I’ve been at W&L, I’ve taken a keen interest in how President Ruscio handles conflict. He is a master at listening to a concern, trying to understand it, and responding in a most unique way. It is the way that he approaches each situation that inspires me.

What book are you reading now?
I am reading a book-diary of my great-grandmother’s brother. He was a young boy during the Civil War and wrote about things he saw. It is a unique perspective. Some of his observations are not so pretty, but I wanted to read and hear stories firsthand.

What music are you listening to these days?
I listen to current hits on the radio. My downloads have similar beats per minute so that I keep pace when exercising.

Your favorite movie of all time?
“Wizard of Oz.” It has all the themes I love.

A website and/or blog you visit often?
Banking and all social media. Boring, huh?

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Historical figures help to give us valuable perspective, and I appreciate that, but I think we should take the best from all of them. I also try very deliberately to live in the present.

If you could have coffee with one person (living or deceased), who would it be and why?
I love art and music during the Impressionist period, so I’d have to pick an artist. Claude Debussy is one of my favorite composers, and I’d love to pick his brain.

Tell me something most people don’t know about you.
Kevin, this is a tough one. I think most people know how boring I am! I’m deaf. I’ve had my nickname my whole life. I have had the same best friends my whole life. I’ve always thought I was funnier than I am. I won third place in the Long-Haired Contest at the Tri-Centennial Celebration in Stafford County when I was four. I was Stafford High School homecoming queen my senior year. I animate people in my brain. Because I love puzzles, my dad had to make up a code similar to Braille for his crossword puzzles so I wouldn’t mess them up. I can pick up a blue crab with my hands. I’m a Carolina Panther fan. I’m scared of heights and bridges. I started out in college as a performance flute major. I have been working for years to perfect the art of making caramels. When I was on “Wheel of Fortune,” Pat Sajak had a hard time coming up with interesting things to say about me.

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