Halifax Regional Health System of South Boston, Virginia, has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The system was nominated for the award by Southside Virginia Community College. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia recently.
According to CEO, Chris Lumsden, “Higher Education and the community college system specifically give people opportunities and hope. It is the foundation for our higher education system here in this region and supplied a pool of highly qualified employees for our business.”
He noted that the community college system also provides the vehicle for people to stay at home and receive a great education which means strong job opportunities, too.
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year the awards have been given.
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 keynote remarks, Virginia Business Higher Education Council Chair W. Heywood Fralin said, “Many believe, including myself, that the community college will be the centerpiece of economic development in each region of the commonwealth for the next several decades…..All philanthropists are interested in their local communities, and I would argue that in today’s world, the local community college should be considered a top priority for philanthropic dollars. Where it happens, regions will thrive, and where it doesn’t, they will struggle.”
VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said that the generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders makes a critical difference in the lives of students and their families as well as in the economic vitality of the commonwealth. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving.”