Community College Philanthropists Honored with
2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy
Richmond – The Virginia Community College System and Chancellor Glenn DuBois has presented Microsoft represented by Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager, of Boydton, Virginia, with the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Microsoft was nominated for the award by Southside Virginia Community College.
Mr. Putorek was recognized along with two dozen other individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia for their exceptional support of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The awards were presented at a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education in Richmond on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. As part of the award, each college will be given funds for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, to be named in honor of the college’s 2019 Chancellor’s Award recipient.
Now in its 14th year, the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy recognizes outstanding leaders who have helped support Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. This year, among those to be honored are four members of VCCS faculty, all of whom have made contributions that have helped their colleges and their students grow. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $18 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Microsoft’s corporate mission is to empower every person and organization to achieve more. SVCC is a direct benefactor of the company’s efforts through a partnership that includes the donation of data center equipment, the establishment of a scholarship program, and ongoing externships for students.
According to SVCC president Dr. Al Roberts, “This relationship with Microsoft has become a driving force for SVCC’s fastest growing information technology program. Microsoft’s generosity extends beyond hardware andfinancial donations to include personal interest in student success. The company’s employees tutor, coach, advise, and mentor, fulfilling their mission in our community.”
Donald Graham, keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board at Graham Holdings Company and Co-Founder of TheDream.US, spoke about the importance of Virginia’s Community Colleges and the ways that the philanthropists have contributed to the Commonwealth.
“We are in this room today to tell you, whether you work for one of the colleges or have given to one of the colleges, that what you are doing is absolutely right,” Graham said during his remarks. “I am so proud of this crowd for what you’re doing, and I hope you are proud of yourselves and your fellow donors and of the leaders and teachers at the community colleges you serve.”
Joining Microsoft representative, Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager, at the Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon were (left to right), Kelly Arnold, SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Glenn DuBois, VCCS Chancellor, Mr. Putorek, Jeanette Putorek and Dr. Chad Patton, SVCC Dean of Career & Occupational Technology.
Recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:
BLUE RIDGE Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Bowman
CENTRAL VIRGINIA Donna Schewel Clark Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
DABNEY S. LANCASTER Stephen and Donna Vaughn
DANVILLE Danville Kiwanis Club Foundation
Lions Club of Danville Foundation
EASTERN SHORE Tom and Page Young*
GERMANNA Mary Jane Pitts O’Neill
J SARGEANT REYNOLDS Mitchell F. Haddon and Sabine Neumann
JOHN TYLER Amsted Industries
LORD FAIRFAX The Jenkins Family – Russell, Elta Rae, Rodney and Karen
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE Ralph T. and Shirley M. Fisher
NEW RIVER Dr. and Mrs. Lee Wheeler
NORTHERN VIRGINIA Dr. Glenn Fatzinger
PATRICK HENRY The Harvest Foundation
PAUL D CAMP Charles R. Henderson, Jr., Bank of America Foundation
PIEDMONT H. Gordon* and Mary Beth Smyth
RAPPAHANNOCK Rick and Sue Farmar
SOUTHSIDE VA Microsoft
SOUTHWEST VA Mary W. Lawson
THOMAS NELSON Newport News Shipbuilding
TIDEWATER Stanley Black & Decker
VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS David and Schéry Collins
VIRGINIA WESTERN Maury and Shiela Strauss Family
WYTHEVILLE Floyd and Hilda Jonas
VFCCE The Petters Family Foundation
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.
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; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. Learn how the Virginia Foundation for Community College is building the future of Virginia. Visit VFCCE.org.