Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017


VCCS leadership honors faculty members from Germanna and John Tyler Community Colleges for their outstanding contributions to statewide community college initiatives.

Hard work, creativity and passion are driving the success of Virginia’s Community Colleges. As the VCCS faces state budget cuts, the contributions of our faculty, staff and external partners become even more important to the communities we serve.

The Dana B. Hamel Award for Leadership in Service to the Mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges is the highest VCCS honor bestowed on an individual or group to recognize an extraordinary accomplishment or deed that exemplifies and advances the values reflected in our mission statement.

“We don’t give out these awards very often,” said Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “But when we do, it is to recognize and thank those who take on what very often are Herculean tasks to improve how we fulfill our mission. They are dedicated to achieving the very best.”

The chancellor presented the 2017 Dana Hamel Awards to the following recipients at the Advisory Council of Presidents Meeting (ACOP) on June 21:

Patricia Parker for Leading the VCCS Math Pathways Initiative

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Germanna Community College

CAPTION: Patricia Parker and Chancellor DuBois

Noted Patricia Parker, “I may have been the champion for the cause but the true champions are the math faculty from all our colleges who dedicated their time and energy to this project. Add to that the incredible support from student services, SIS, and technical staff across the Commonwealth and you have an incredible grass roots effort leading to great change.”


Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Leading the VCCS Uniform Nursing Curriculum Initiative

Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, John Tyler Community College

CAPTION: Liz Powell and Chancellor DuBois

Added Liz Powell, “I am very honored to receive this award. It has been a privilege working with nursing faculty across the state in the development of the statewide nursing concept curriculum. This collaborative effort was fostered by the dedication and commitment of the faculty in the 19 nursing programs in the VCCS.” 

Congratulations Patricia and Liz, and thank you.'

Laura Osberger

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