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Barry Nelson and Family were awarded the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership. Pictured from left to right are PHCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christopher Parker, President Angeline Godwin, Barry Nelson, and PHCC Foundation Chairman Gary Collins. (Contributed photo)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Barry Nelson and Family of Martinsville earned the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy, according to a release from Patrick Henry Community College Foundation.

Nelson, who was nominated by Patrick Henry Community College, was presented the award at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on April 16.

Nelson and his family have always been strong supporters of the college, particularly the Athletic Program, PHCC officials said, according to the release. In addition to cash donations of more than $100,000, Nelson has given numerous in-kind donations from sports equipment and transportation for athletic teams, to providing retail space for teams to use in inclement weather, the release stated.

For his work in revitalizing the PHCC baseball program, he was named to the PHCC Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 2007.

“Education is the most important thing we can do in this region to bring us out of the economic spiral,” Nelson said. “I’m delighted to help this next generation become prepared for what’s next.”

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 eighth year the awards have been given.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $17 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

“The generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders we honor represents a brilliant collection of individuals, foundations and employers who believe in the sheer beauty of transformation,” VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the brilliance of philanthropy.”

The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.


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