Physics Professor George Spagna
Randolph-Macon College Physics Professor George
Spagna was elected mayor of Ashland, Virginia on July 1, 2014. His term runs through
June 30, 2016. Spagna previously served for four years as vice mayor of the Town.
He was elected by the Ashland Town Council as they reorganized following last May’s
election, which also gained R-MC’s James Murray ’09 a seat on Council.
“I feel both honored and humbled by Council’s trust in me,” says Spagna, who is
in the middle of his third term on the Ashland Town Council. He was first elected
to the Town Council in 2004 and says the connection between the Town and R-MC is
important for both communities. “The college is a unique and important part of what
makes Ashland a special place. Ashland citizens cheer for the
Yellow Jackets and attend cultural and intellectual events on campus, and
our students contribute to the community through service and outreach events like
the annual Macon a Difference Day.
We look forward to continued cooperation with President Lindgren and Randolph-Macon
on projects of mutual benefit.”
Spagna, whose mayoral appointment was featured in the July 19 edition of the
Richmond Times-Dispatch, joined the faculty in 1986. He teaches a variety
of courses, including astronomy, astrophysics, and
honors courses exploring the boundaries between science and religion. The
director of R-MC’s Keeble Observatory,
he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.