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News Release

Ronald Laux Honored Posthumously with 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

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Released on April 23, 2012

Ronald Laux

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Ronald Laux 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 John Tyler Community College. The award recipients were honored at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Mr. Laux’s wife, Mickey, and his daughters, Nicole Christopher and Heather Aycock, received the award on his behalf. p>

Mr. Laux had a distinguished career at John Tyler Community College, where he worked from 1991 to 2011. While at John Tyler, he served as coordinator, director, dean, and vice president of workforce development, and he created the Business, Industry and Government Services Center, which later became the Community College Workforce Alliance. He also served on 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. This marks the seventh year the awards have been given. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $48 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These philanthropic leaders are tremendous partners,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These individuals, organizations and employers are difference-makers who play an essential role in helping our colleges fulfill their mission of addressing Virginia’s unmet needs in higher education and workforce development.”

The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The one-year scholarships are funded by Wells Fargo and Dominion.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Mr. Steve Gannon, executive vice president, deputy general counsel – legal for Capital One Financial Corporation. Mr. Gannon is a member of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and a director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. “We owe our success to our 30,000 hard-working associates, and plenty of them, in turn, owe a good deal of their success to community colleges,” said Gannon in applauding the opportunities created by philanthropic donations made to community colleges. “We can’t spare any lost potential. In a global economy that rewards innovation and technical prowess, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.”

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 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 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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