NRCC Philanthropist Honored at 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy event

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Representatives from the New River Valley Heath Foundation include: front row: Joe Sheffey; back row: Kevin Stoner, Mike Barber, Fred Newhouse. (NRCC photo)

Richmond –New River Valley Health Foundation has received the 17th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The foundation was nominated for the award by New River Community College.

“The leaders of the New River Valley Health Foundation have earned a well-deserved reputation for visionary sponsorship of important healthcare initiatives,” said NRCC President Pat Huber. “We are pleased and grateful that they have extended their generous support to New River Community College students who are preparing for careers in nursing.”

More than two dozen individuals, families, and organizations earned the 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony in Richmond on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. New VCCS Chancellor Dr. David Doré was the keynote speaker.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be in the company of such an esteemed group of philanthropists,” Doré observed. “Were it not for your generosity, some of our students would have to put their hopes and dreams on hold, while others might have to abandon them altogether. Thanks to you, however, our students will be able to work in an environment that is relatively free of the kind of financial pressures that can paralyze or even derail their forward progress, and for that, we are extremely grateful.”

The annual event, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. Recipients are nominated for their outstanding commitment to the growth and development of Virginia’s community colleges and their respective foundations.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has collectively contributed $14 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.


About the NRCC Educational Foundation: Established in 1980, the NRCC Educational Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that secures voluntary support and manages funds solely for the benefit of New River Community College. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors represent the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, and the city of Radford. These community leaders volunteer their expertise and service on behalf of the college and community. The Foundation assists New River Community College in a variety of ways, including the endowment and distribution of scholarship funds, the purchase of equipment and furnishings, and the financial support of academic and community enrichment programs. For more information, call (540) 674-3618, email the foundation at, or visit

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 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit

 About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  As the supporting arm of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) broadens access to educational opportunities for all Virginians, while ensuring the long-term success of the Commonwealth and the needs of its workforce. To ensure access to high quality, affordable degrees and certifications, the Foundation’s statewide leadership raises funds and resources in order to supplement and support the activities of both individual students and community colleges. For more information on VFCCE and its mission, and to provide your support, visit