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Regent University names McDonnell "Alumnus of the Year"

Anita Kumar

The governor's office didn't announce this award, but Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) doesn't seem to be running away from it either.

Regent University, the Virginia Beach school founded by the controversial religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, named McDonnell its "alumnus of the year."

Regent announced the award during last weekend's graduation ceremony, though the governor received the award during a campus visit April 13.

"Bob's dedication to serving the citizens of Virginia has been evident for years, and his election as governor is an outstanding example of Regent's motto of Christian Leadership to Change the World," Robertson said in a press release. "We're proud of all that Bob has accomplished and delighted to bestow this honor upon him."

McDonnell attended the school when it was named CBN University after the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose studios shared the campus. He later served on the Regent Board of Trustees for eight years and Robertson became one of his biggest donors.

"After being out of Regent for 21 years and using my training to serve others, I'm flattered to be honored with this award," McDonnell said in a press release.

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By Anita Kumar  |  May 11, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, CBN University, Christian Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson, Regent University  
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Why would he "be running away from it"? His alma mater named him alumnus of the year. That's an accomplishment.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | May 11, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Is there REALLY nothing else to report on for Virginia Politics other than relaying the latest stories about McDonnell, or trying to bash him in some way?

Are there no other elected officials in Virginia?

Posted by: postfan1 | May 12, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

He tried his best to keep his name and Regent University from being mentioned in the same sentence during the election, because every time it comes up middle of the road voters are reminded that he and his social agenda belongs to Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | May 12, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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