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W. Heywood Fralin to Keynote 9th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

RICHMOND – W. Heywood Fralin, noted Virginia business leader and philanthropist, is the keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 15 at the 11:30 a.m. Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy at The Country Club of Virginia Westhampton Clubhouse in Richmond.

Fralin is expected to focus on the central role community colleges play in economic development throughout the regions of the commonwealth, and on the need for additional funding for Virginia’s Community Colleges, both from state resources and from private philanthropy.

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year for the awards.

Chairman of Medical Facilities of America, Inc., Fralin has been part of higher education and economic development efforts across the commonwealth for the last two decades. He currently chairs the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, which formed the Grow by Degrees coalition in 2009, with a goal to award an additional 100,000 higher education degrees by 2025.

In 2013, Fralin and his son, William H. Fralin, were recognized with the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for Virginia Western Community College as co-trustees of the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust. In the fall of 2012, that trust committed the largest single scholarship donation in the Virginia Community College System with a gift of $5 million over five years. Fralin also has served as a member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, including two years as rector, and on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the University of Virginia College Foundation and on the Virginia Western Education Foundation Board and is a member of the State Council for Higher Education.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

(Pictured above, W. Heywood Fralin (second from left), was a 2013 Philanthropy Award winner along with son William H. Fralin (third from left), shown here with VWCC students and VWCC President Bobby Sandel).

Recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

Blue Ridge Community College  Augusta Health / Sentara RMH Medical Center
Central Virginia Community College  The Sonny Merryman Family
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College  The Alleghany Foundation
Danville Community College  LifePoint / Danville Regional Medical Center
Eastern Shore Community College  Jeff Holland
Germanna Community College  Spotsylvania County
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College  Metropolitan Health Foundation
John Tyler Community College  The Cameron Foundation
Lord Fairfax Community College  William Holtzman
Mountain Empire Community College  Martha J. Rhoton
New River Community College  Paul and Gary Duncan
Northern Virginia Community College Volkswagen Group of America
Patrick Henry Community College  Gary and Susan Collins
Paul D. Camp Community College  Smithfield Foods
Piedmont Virginia Community College  Julie Heyward
Rappahannock Community College  The Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland
Southside Virginia Community College  Halifax Regional Health System
Southwest Virginia Community College  CONSOL Energy Inc.
Thomas Nelson Community College  Sentara Healthcare
Tidewater Community College  Robert C. Nusbaum and Linda S. Laibstain
Virginia Highlands Community College  The late C. B. Hale
Virginia Western Community College  Roanoke City School Board
Wytheville Community College  Daniel Copeland
Virginia Foundation for Community College Education  Valley Proteins, Inc.

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