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Ronald Laux Honored Posthumously With Philanthropy Award

Posted on April 26, 2012

Ronald Laux, a long-time employee of John Tyler Community College, was honored posthumously as one of the recipients of the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Mr. Laux was nominated for the award by the College, and his wife, Mickey, and his daughters, Nicole Christopher and Heather Aycock, received the award on his behalf during a luncheon ceremony on April 17, 2012.

Mr. Laux had a distinguished career at John Tyler Community College. He served as coordinator, director, dean, and vice president of workforce development, and he created the College’s Business, Industry and Government Services Center – also known as the BIGS Center – which he helped evolve into the Community College Workforce Alliance. Mr. Laux later worked in outreach services, helping connect Ft. Lee military personnel, staff and their families to the services and programs offered at John Tyler. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Mr. Laux, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and Korea, was actively involved in the College’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. He was a member of the Chester Rotary Club and was committed to helping his community, as well as the people of John Tyler Community College.

“Ron Laux served John Tyler Community College with distinction from 1991 until his retirement in 2011,” said Dr. Marshall W. Smith, president of John Tyler Community College. “As a person who truly embraced the community college mission, he was always alert for new and innovative ways to serve students, offer creative programming, and support business and industry in the region. As a career Army officer, his services were invaluable as a liaison between the College and Ft. Lee. Even his many civic endeavors ultimately supported the institution. His tenure with the Chester Rotary Club served to supplement scholarships and promote Fool for Art, among other activities. He was always willing to go the second mile, always concerned for his fellow man, and always concerned with improving the communities in which he lived and worked. His loss was a loss for the entire College and his legacy to it will remain profound.”

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. The honored philanthropists will have a one-year scholarship named after them. The scholarship named for Mr. Laux will be awarded next fall to a student attending John Tyler.

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