Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy


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


*honored posthumously


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


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