Virginia Western Educational Foundation announces
two new members join Board of Directors
Joseph M. Hoff and Mark R. Pace have joined the Board of Directors of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendship Health & Living and a
member of the Educational Foundation’s Finance and Foundation Grants Committee.
Pace is President of E.C. Pace Company Inc. and a member of the Development
The volunteer Board of Directors guides the Educational
Foundation’s mission of supporting student scholarships, faculty development
and endowment initiatives at Virginia Western. Board members have been the
driving force behind Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program
(CCAP), a successful public-private partnership that provides up to three years
of tuition to eligible students.
For many individuals, the road to
lifetime achievement started at Virginia Western Community College. The
Virginia Western Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award
in 2006 to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and
made a lasting impact on their community. The award highlights the diversity of
Virginia Western graduates and their impact on the community.
The 2018 Distinguished Alumni honoree was
Elizabeth Testerman, a highly regarded mentor, Human Resources leader at AEP,
and advocate for women in STEM.
Anne Hogan (’76), a previous honoree,
serves as chairwoman of the Virginia Western Alumni Association.
To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must:
- Be a graduate of or have completed a minimum of two semesters at Virginia Western Community College.
- Have attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her profession or life.
- Be a person of such integrity and stature that the College will take pride in his or her recognition.
- Have attained regional, statewide or national prominence and significant involvement in civic, cultural or charitable affairs.
How to nominate:
Anyone may nominate a Virginia Western
Community College alumna/us or former student for this award by completing a
nomination form. This form can be submitted online or downloaded from the
College’s website at virginiawestern.edu/alumni:
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form 2019 – PDF
Distinguished Alumni Form 2019 – Online
Two letters of reference are also
Deadline: Nominations must be received by Feb. 28, 2019.
For more information, contact Amanda
Mansfield, Philanthropy Director, Virginia Western Community College
Educational Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 857-6962.
– Virginia Western Community College dedicated the Maury
and Sheila Strauss Family Student Life Center on Friday in recognition of the
philanthropic leadership of the Strauss Family. Maury Strauss, a Roanoke
business leader and founder of the Strauss Development Corp., donated $1
million to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation to
support innovative initiatives to support students and the region’s economic
are honored to celebrate the dedicated student opportunity bolstered by the
vision of the Strauss’ philanthropy,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of
Virginia Western. “Their support will make a true difference in our students’
lives and will help drive a strong future not only for Virginia Western but for
our local community as well.”
$1 million gift from the Strauss Family launches the public phase of the
Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s unrestricted endowment campaign. The
initiative is called the Virginia Western Forward Endowment Fund, a vision of
Dr. Charles W. Steger Jr., in honor of the Foundation’s late Board of Directors
Chairman and President of Virginia Tech.
believed fully in the role of the community college to change lives and to
serve as a catalyst for regional economic growth,” said Neil D. Wilkin Jr.,
Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors and President & CEO of
Optical Cable Corporation. “This permanent endowment will enable Virginia
Western to do just that – to flexibly pioneer opportunities in academic
instruction and career training, financial aid in the form of scholarships,
equipment, workforce development and more.”
relatively rare nationally among community colleges, unrestricted endowments
are known for being impactful. The Foundation’s goal is to raise $15 million
and with the Strauss donation, it has identified gifts in excess of $4 million
Strauss Family’s $1 million naming gift drives our endowment plans forward,”
said W. Heywood Fralin, member of the Foundation Board of Directors and
Chairman of Medical Facilities of America. “I encourage those here and in our
communities to follow their example in paving the way to a brighter future by
engaging in their own philanthropy and by reaching out to others to help us
move Virginia Western Forward.”