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2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Chief Craig S. Harris

Chief Craig Harris, Virginia Western Community College class of 2000, became Chief of Police at the College in 2005 and works tirelessly for the benefit of the entire community. He started his police leadership career with the Vinton Police Department in 1999. He worked as a police detective until 2003 and was promoted to Sergeant of the Investigations Division.

While with the Vinton Police, he enrolled at Virginia Western with the goal of furthering his career in police leadership. He pursued an Associate of Science in General Studies and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Bluefield College in 2002 and a Master of Science in Business Management from Liberty University in 2009.

In addition to leading the campus police force, he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Associate of Science in Administration of Justice program.

In 2011-12, he served as the Secretary for the Blue Ridge Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a member of several professional organizations including the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Blue Ridge Association of Chiefs of Police, Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Virginia Forensic Science Academy Alumni Association, and the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy Governing Board.

He led Virginia Western to be ranked as the safest college of 2012 in Virginia and eighth safest college or university in the United States by A recipient of the Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009, and two Police Officer of the Year awards in 2001, Chief Harris has long proved his commitment to professionalism in his field.

Chief Harris has been married 19 years to his wife Jill, and they have a beautiful daughter named Anna who is 10-years-old.

Proud to be named a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, Chief Harris continues to serve the Virginia Western and Roanoke community as a consummate professional and dedicated servant of the law.

J. David Wine

J. David Wine, Virginia Western Community College class of 1973, enrolled at the College following an unsuccessful attempt at a four-year university. He turned an Associate of Science in General Studies into a productive career as an entrepreneur and community supporter.

Growing up in Botetourt County as the fourth generation of landowners at Crumpacker Orchards in the Bonsack area, Wine attended Lord Botetourt High School. He developed a life-long love of horticulture and gardening, and is proud for his urban organic garden to be on the 2014 Historic Garden Week Roanoke Garden Tour presented by The Mill Mountain Garden Club and Roanoke Valley Garden Club.

He and his wife Mary Ann live in the City of Roanoke, where they raised three children, who have now blessed them with seven grandchildren. David and Mary Ann enjoy retirement by traveling and serving their community.

Following graduation from Virginia Western in 1973, Wine began working in respiratory therapy at Pulaski Hospital. Soon, he started his own company, Advanced Healthcare Services, selling in-home nursing care equipment.

He got into the right business at the right time, and sold Advanced Healthcare Services to a corporate buyer in 1998.

Wine now serves as a member on the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Board, Taubman Museum of Art Board, Roanoke College Advisory Board, Hollins College Advisory Board, Carilion Clinic Foundation Board, and the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Board.

He has long been a supporter of Virginia Western Community College, and is proud to serve his alma mater as a volunteer. He was honored to be named at 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Alumni Events

Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions

Students at Virginia Western Community College benefit from a quality and affordable education, and are well prepared for the next step in their professional or academic career. Education opportunities at the College continue to grow. The newest campus facility, the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions, was officially dedicated in October 2013 and is the new home of a wide array of programs. Featuring cutting-edge labs, clinics and technology, the Fralin Center is an asset to Virginia Western students and the entire community.

The Virginia Western Alumni Association welcomed alumni and friends to campus to tour the newest facility built at Virginia Western in 20 years, hosting an Open House at the Fralin Center on Saturday, March 29.

View the video greeting from Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President, presented during the Open House.

Alumni Basketball Night

The Virginia Western Alumni Association hosted an Alumni Basketball Night on November 14, 2014. Coach Ray Bare and alumnus of the Virginia Western basketball program Kaz Payne at the special event.

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