Tuesday, April 23, 2019



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

Pictured here left to right:
Bess Littlefield, Executive Director, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation;
Dr. Paula Pando, Reynolds President;

Sabine Neumann; Mitch Haddon, Foundation Board President

Richmond – The Virginia Community College System and Chancellor Glenn DuBois presented Mitch Haddon and Sabine Neumann, of Richmond, Virginia, with the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. They were nominated for the award by Reynolds Community College.
Mr. Haddon and Ms. Neumann were 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.
The CEO of ColonialWebb, Mitch Haddon serves as the President of the Educational Foundation Board and is an alumnus of Reynolds. He and his wife Sabine established a nursing scholarship and have been instrumental in fundraising for The Kitchens at Reynolds.

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.”

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 www.vccs.edu.

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 VFCCE.org.