Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy
Eastman Chemical Company, of Fieldale, Virginia, has received the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Eastman Chemical was nominated for the award by Patrick Henry Community College [PHCC]. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on earlier last month.
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, this annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Eastman Chemical has become an invaluable partner in local efforts to maximize the educational and employment opportunities for the citizens of Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County. In cooperation with PHCC, Eastman helped to create a unique program of studies leading to direct employment. 92% of students completing this career studies certificate have gained successful employment with the company which also provides both internships and last mile scholarship dollars. Their efforts have been transformative for the region which is now recognized throughout the world as a leader in advanced manufacturing.
Chancellor Glenn DuBois expressed his gratitude in his address to the crowd. “You are difference-makers. You are opportunity-creators. We thank you, not just for the dollars donated, but for the standard of leadership you represent. Your example motivates and challenges us all to do more to ensure that opportunity is there for those who come next.”
Keynote speaker John O. “Dubby” Wynne, chairman of GO Virginia and Reinvent Hampton Roads, said he was honored to be a part of the event and he emphasized the generous donations he and others have made are having a positive impact on the communities Virginia’s Community Colleges serve. “In many instances, your gifts are the difference between average or good and excellent in student performance,” he observed.
Wynne also issued an appeal to members of the audience to increase their level of support to help train and educate Virginia’s workforce for economic growth.