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Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Community College Philanthropists Honored with 
2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy


Richmond – Leading philanthropists selected by community colleges across the commonwealth were honored this week with the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 10th annual event honors philanthropists from the statewide foundation and each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

In her keynote remarks, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, “I applaud you for being recognized today but I challenge you to think of this as a beginning, not an end. Like you, I think our community colleges might just be capable of doing anything. But they cannot do it alone.”

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said “we pay tribute to fellow Virginians who, through leadership, partnership and wise philanthropy, are helping us address the commonwealth’s unmet needs in higher education and workforce development. These distinguished individuals are sharing with us from their hearts, from their hands, and from their experiences. They give of themselves,” he said.

Tiffany Riggs, who received a Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship last year that honored philanthropy leaders Valley Proteins Inc., said she had no idea how she could ever afford college. “But because of the generosity of all the amazing people in here, that has changed. The scholarship from Wells Fargo has not only helped me pay for my classes this year, but has changed my life.”

PHOTO:  Connie Kincheloe, center front, former State Board and Foundation Board member, was the VFCCE recipient of the Philanthropy award. She is shown here with former Governor Gerald Baliles, current chair of the VFCCE board (far left); VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois (left) and members of her family. 


Recipients of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

Blue Ridge Community College                                                      Mr. and Mrs. John and Cathy Matherly

Central Virginia Community College                                            Georgia-Pacific Big Island Mill

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College                                    Mrs. Blakeslee Nettleton Chase

Danville Community College                                                           J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust

Eastern Shore Community College                                                PNC Bank

Germanna Community College                                                      Mr. Kent D. Farmer

Sargeant Reynolds Community College                                       Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Mary Owen

John Tyler Community College                                                      Mr. Michael R. White

Lord Fairfax Community College                                                  Dr. Morgan Phenix

Mountain Empire Community College and                                The Estate of Mrs. Carol Phipps Buchanan
Southwest Virginia Community College                                           

New River Community College                                                      The Late Mr. Robert J. Ingram

Northern Virginia Community College                                        Micron Technology

Patrick Henry Community College                                               The Walker Family

Paul D. Camp Community College                                                Franklin Southampton Charities

Piedmont Virginia Community College                                       Dr. Patt Keats

Rappahannock Community College                                             The Wright Family

Southside Virginia Community College                                       R.C. and Viola Hines Scholarship Fund

Thomas Nelson Community College                                            Siemens Corporation

Tidewater Community College                                                      Mrs. Vanessa Christie

Virginia Highlands Community College                                      Appalachian Power Company

Virginia Western Community College                                         The Powell Charitable Foundation

Wytheville Community College                                                     Drs. O.J. Campbell, Dennis R. Throckmorton and Richard G. Copenhaver

Virginia Foundation for Community College Education        Mrs. Connie Kincheloe


About the Keynote Speaker: Dorothy McAuliffe has made eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to Virginia’s fresh, locally grown agricultural products a top priority as First Lady of Virginia. She has identified food security and nutrition as necessary elements for educational success and building healthy communities. Mrs. McAuliffe currently serves as chair of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which focuses on eliminating hunger, developing local agricultural markets, and promoting community efforts that link locally grown food, education, health and nutrition. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She and the Governor are the proud parents of five children.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students. Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s community colleges or regions. For more information, please visit