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Dr. and Mrs. Leake Honored with 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

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Released on May 03, 2011

Dr. Preston H. and Mrs. Ann Kelly Leake

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Dr. Preston H. and Mrs. Ann Kelly Leake have earned the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. They were nominated for the award by John Tyler Community College. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

The Leakes say they are big supporters of community colleges in general and John Tyler Community College specifically. That connection developed when Dr. Leake, after enjoying a successful corporate career, taught chemistry at John Tyler and took courses there. The Leakes believe colleges, like John Tyler, provide critical education to a variety of people, which in turn enhances the workforce, especially in rapidly growing fields such as the healthcare industry. They also believe that all people should have access to higher education. They say by supporting John Tyler Community College they are able to help those who need financial assistance obtain a college education.

“The Leakes are a shining example of what philanthropy is all about,” said Bev Dew, interim executive director of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. “They have invested generous dollars in an endowed scholarship that bears their name, and the College is, indeed, indebted to the Leakes for targeting their dollars to support growing scholarship needs.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy 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 sixth year the awards have been given.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $11 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Each of these supporters personifies the theme of this event, Living Philanthropy. For those of us here today, living philanthropy is the promise that our impact will live on; it will blend with those who came before creating a larger and larger living tapestry of good will, benefitting and elevating those who come next,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Award recipients will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The scholarships are funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Caroline Altman Smith, the Kresge Foundation’s program officer for Education. Ms. Smith also accepted the philanthropy leadership award on behalf of the Kresge Foundation, which was nominated for the award by the VFCCE for Kresge’s partnership in the Great Expectations program to help more Virginia foster youth pursue and graduate college.

“I believe that increasing educational opportunity is the key to helping people achieve their full potential,” Smith said. “A first generation student who earns a college degree changes the trajectory of his or her family forever. Education is one of the most powerful anti-poverty tools we have, and it’s a privilege to help implement Kresge’s new strategy, so that more students can realize the enormous benefits of higher education.”

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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