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Julie Campbell

Julie A. Campbell, associate director of communications and public affairs at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, has been named Communicator of Achievement for 2014 by Virginia Press Women, the statewide organization of women and men who are journalists, authors and communicators.  The organization is the Virginia affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.


Campbell’s most recent book, The Horse in Virginia, An Illustrated History, won three awards:

first place in the non-fiction category of the 2011 VPW and NFPW communications contests, and the People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction in the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Awards.

Before joining W&L’s communications and public affairs office in 2003, Campbell served as editor of Virginia Cavalcade Magazine, 1994-2002, for the Library of Virginia.  Prior to moving to Virginia, she served as associate editor of publications for the Arizona Historical Society, editing the Journal of Arizona History ; and, in Colorado, worked at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine and as editor for a trade-publications company, HBJ Plastics Publications, a Denver-based publisher of three trade magazines.


After joining VPW in 1999, Campbell quickly rose as a leader to first vice president in 2002-2004 and to president in 2004-2006. She co-chaired the 2004 VPW fall conference and the 2013 spring conference, served on the host committee for the 2007 NFPW Conference in Richmond and on numerous other VPW committees.


In addition, she was a judge for NFPW’s Communications Contest for two years, has been a board member of NFPW’s Education Fund since 2009, was appointed student membership director in 2013, and was a presenter at NFPW’s 2013 conference on the subject, “How Not to Write a Book.”


She has won more than a dozen awards in Virginia Press Women’s Communications Contest since 1999 and six first-, second- and third-place NFPW contest awards.  She was principal author of the 1998 book, Studies in Arizona History, for which the Arizona Historical Society  received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 1999. 


She also contributed a chapter on army officers’ wives and sewing in the 19th-century American West to The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking, published in 1999.   Among the magazines and journals for which she’s written articles are Arizona History Magazine, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Dictionary of Virginia Biography, “I Do”—Tucson Style, Journal of Arizona History, Plastics Compounding, Urban Dweller (Denver), Virginia Cavalcade, W&L: The Washington and Lee University Alumni Magazine.


Among the publications for which she has written book reviews are Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Bloomsbury Review, Journal of Arizona History, Minnesota History, Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, Tucson Guide Quarterly and Virginia Libraries.  In addition to giving talks to many organizations and groups related to her positions over the years, she presented papers before conferences such as the Arizona Historical Convention, the annual meeting of the Association of College Professors of Textiles and Clothing, and the 1998 Joint Conference of the Historical Society of New Mexico/Arizona Historical Society.


In the Lexington/Rockbridge County area, she co-chaired the Storyline Committee, Museum of the Virginia Horse, 2009-2012; served on the publications committee, Rockbridge Historical Society, 2010-2011; and wrote and edited communications as a member of Friends of Natural Bridge, 2013.  She is past president, 2012-present, Friends of the Rockbridge Regional Library; and member, Friends of Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University, 2008–present.


Campbell received a B. A. from Arizona State University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.   She received her M. A. from the University of Arizona, with a major in U. S. history and a minor in women’s history.


Bonnie Atwood, president of Virginia Press Women, said in presenting Campbell with this year’s Communicator of Achievement award, “I know no one in VPW who better represents the ideals of this award than Julie.  She is committed to the ideals of journalism and public relations, is an award-winning PR pro and author, and has dedicated much time and energy to VPW and NFPW. She also dedicated time and energy into knowing our colleagues, and she knows how to inject everything we do with a lot of fun.”