LFCC to Present College Medallion of Recognition Awards to 13 Virginia Citizens

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2008

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will present the College Medallion of Recognition Award to 13 citizens for their significant contributions of leadership, scholarship and service. The presentation will take place in the William H. McCoy Special Events Center, located inside the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center on the Middletown Campus, prior to the College’s Middletown Campus Commencement ceremony on May 9 at 6 p.m.

The College Medallion of Recognition Award recipients are chosen by the College Board. The 2008 recipients follow:

  • Edwin C. Daley – A resident of Hopewell, Va., Edwin C. Daley served as city manager of Winchester for 21 years. During Daley’s career, he also served as city manager of Fairmont, W.Va.; assistant city manager and city manager of Dodge City, Kan.; and community development director/human services director in Lawrence County, Pa. In addition, he served in the U.S. Marines where he specialized in journalism and Russian Intelligence. Daley is a member of Kiwanis International and the United Methodist Church, participates in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and has been active in the Salvation Army. He is president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), chair of the Virginia Institute of Government Advisory Board and a member of the executive committee of the Virginia Municipal League (VML).
  • Ellen R. Davenport – Ellen R. Davenport is currently the assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the Virginia Community College System, a position she has held since May 2005. From 1990 to May 2005, Davenport worked for the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) in Richmond, first as public policy coordinator and then as director of public finance. At VACo, she was a registered lobbyist and responsible for preparing and presenting counties’ financial and budgetary concerns to the Virginia Legislature, Congressional delegation and intergovernmental organizations. Her responsibilities included analysis of the state budget and its implications for localities, tax and finance legislation and telecommunications and public utilities issues. Prior to working at VACo, Davenport worked in local government finance and budgeting for eight years, serving as a budget analyst for the city of Newport News, Va., and a budget officer for the city of Hampton, Va.
  • James A. Davis – James A. Davis, a Frederick County resident, has served as president of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., since 1982. Davis will retire as president of Shenandoah University on June 30, 2008. From 1968 to 1982, he held a number of teaching and administrative positions at Ferrum College. In addition to his work in higher education, Davis won a special election to the Virginia General Assembly’s House of Delegates in 1978 and was re-elected in 1979 and 1981. In addition to his responsibilities as a delegate, Davis also served appointments on several statewide boards and commissions. He currently serves on several boards, including the Commonwealth Transportation Board, First Bank, National Fruit Products and Valley Health.
  • Ralph H. Dean – Ralph H. Dean, a Page County resident, was born and raised in Stanley, Va. He graduated from Stanley High School in 1948. Dean briefly worked at DuPont Chemicals in Waynesboro, Va., before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1949. Prior to his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1953, Dean married Billie Comer of Stanley. The couple recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Dean returned to Page County. He took a job with the Page News and Courier in Luray, where he worked for the next 37 years, before retiring in 1992. Dean also enjoyed a long relationship with the town of Luray. In 1974, he was elected to Luray’s Town Council. After serving on the town council for six years, Dean became the mayor of Luray in 1980. He held the position of mayor for the next 28 years, and when he retired in 2008, he was one of the longest serving mayors in the state of Virginia. Dean also served as a Boy Scout leader for 27 years, and he was an active member of the Lions Club for 34 years.
  • Lewis M. Ewing – Lewis M. Ewing, a Frederick County resident, currently serves as the vice chair of the board of directors of Bank of Clarke County and Eagle Financial Services Inc. From 1983 to 1999, Ewing served as the director, president and CEO of the Bank of Clarke County. Actively involved in the community, he has served in many capacities in area clubs and organizations, including former board member for the American Cancer Society; former president of the Berryville/Clarke County Chamber of Commerce; former board member for the Berryville/Clarke County Industrial Development Authority; former chair of LFCC’s Educational Foundation Board; current secretary/treasurer of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter No. 313 – Korean War Veterans Association; former board member of the Virginia Bankers Association and Virginia Bankers Bank; former president and chair of the board of directors for the Virginia Association of Community Banks; and former president of the Winchester Kiwanis Club. In 1989, Ewing was the first recipient of LFCC’s Alumnus of the Year Award, and in 2006, he received the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea.
  • Anne C. Hall – Since 2003, Anne C. Hall, a Fauquier County resident, has served as a member of the LFCC Educational Foundation Board. In July 2005, Hall accepted the role of chair of the Foundation Board and served as chair through December 2007. In this position, she committed her time to leading the Foundation Board as it raised funds to benefit the College and, in turn, the community. A few of her main goals as an officer of the Foundation Board were to continue building the scholarship program and provide overall community support for the College. During Hall’s tenure as chair, the Foundation raised more than $2.04 million. Although Hall no longer chairs the Foundation Board, she continues to serve as a Board member. Currently working for Long and Foster in Warrenton, Va., Hall has served Fauquier and the surrounding counties as a real estate broker for more than 30 years. In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, Hall serves on the boards of the Fauquier Hospital Foundation and the Fauquier Free Clinic. Other organizations that Hall serves or has served include the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce; Fauquier Hospital Board of Trustees; Fauquier Hospital Health Systems Board; Highland School Board of Trustees; Virginia Gold Cup Association Committee; Warrenton Rotary Club; and the 7th District Committee for the Virginia State Bar.
  • Brent L. Kendrick – Brent L. Kendrick, a Shenandoah County resident, joined LFCC in 1998, after working for a quarter of a century at the Library of Congress and after receiving that institution’s highest award for Distinguished Service. In 2001, LFCC appointed him to associate professor of English, and, in 2005, to full professor. Earlier this year, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) named him one of the top 12 educators in the state, the highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Kendrick is the sixth child of a West Virginia coal miner and the first in his family to attend college. An active scholar and researcher, he authored “The Infant Sphinx: Collected Letters of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman” and served as an editor of the 754-volume “National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints.” Currently, he is working on two scholarly projects: an edition of “The Humourist” essays published in the South Carolina Gazette during the 1750s and “Celebrating 400 Years of Virginia Writers: John Smith to Lee Smith.”
  • Mason C. Lockridge Jr. – Mason C. Lockridge Jr., a Page County resident, served 38 years in Page County Public Schools in various capacities, including coach, teacher, assistant principal and principal. In addition, he served as the administrative assistant and deputy superintendent of Page County Public Schools before retiring. He also served for four years in the U.S. Navy. Lockridge currently serves as director of Page Memorial Hospital, and he is a former chair and member of the Page County Board of Supervisors.
  • J. David Martin – J. David Martin, superintendent of Lincoln County Public Schools since September 2007, came to Lincoln County with 16 years of experience as superintendent of four different school divisions in Virginia. He was superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, Henry County Public Schools, Manassas Park City Schools and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. In 2007, he was named Virginia State Superintendent of the Year. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Martin served in various administrative capacities for Clarke County Public Schools. He began his career in education as a special education teacher at Handley High School in Winchester, Va. Martin has served in a variety of positions for professional organizations, including chair and secretary/treasurer of the Region VI Superintendents’ Study Group; vice chair of the Martinsville Department of Social Services Board of Directors; executive superintendent of the Mountain Vista Governor’s School; member of the Virginia State Special Education Advisory Committee; member of the LFCC Advisory Committee; member of the United Way Board; member of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and member of the Fauquier Ruritan and Rotary Clubs.
  • Morgan S. Phenix – Morgan S. Phenix, a Page County resident, is a retiring member of the Lord Fairfax Community College Board. He has served on the College Board since 2000. During Phenix’s career, he has served in many different teaching positions, including high school teacher in New Jersey; assistant professor in Pennsylvania; teacher in Denmark; and teacher, assistant principal and principal in Wisconsin. Since 1992, Phenix has been serving as the principal of Page County High School in Shenandoah, Va.
  • Barbara W. Ratcliff – Barbara W. Ratcliff, a Frederick County resident and LFCC alumna, retired from LFCC with 14 years of service. Ratcliff started at LFCC in 1994, serving in the Business Office and the Financial Aid Office and lastly as the director of enrollment management/registrar. In 2004, Ratcliff received the B.J. Sager Distinguished Administrator Award. In addition, she is a charter member of the Day Care Committee at Market Street Methodist Church, as well as the secretary of the Staff Parish Committee. For 30 years, she has been part of the Captain Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Charlie C. Spiro – Charlie C. Spiro, a Shenandoah County resident, came to LFCC in 1979 “to take a couple of electronics courses” to satisfy his curiosity. However, he ended up continuing his education at LFCC and graduated summa cum laude two years later. Spiro’s mentor, Al Dryer, convinced him to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which he completed at Capitol College in Maryland, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in electronics technology engineering. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Dryer urged Spiro to apply for the position of instructor of electronics at LFCC. Spiro applied and began his career as a faculty member at LFCC in fall 1982. Throughout the years, Spiro has taught electronics and information technology courses. In 2006, he was named the Distinguished Faculty member. Also in 2006, Spiro was selected to be the first faculty member appointed to serve on the LFCC Educational Foundation Board, a position he held for almost two years. Spiro is retiring as a full-time faculty member this year, but he hopes to continue teaching one class per semester, starting in fall 2008. He also hopes to volunteer at the Strasburg Community Library and either the Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital or Winchester Medical Center.
  • Gary L. Tusing – Gary L. Tusing, a Frederick County resident, is retiring from his position as professor of business at LFCC after serving 37 years at the College. Tusing has taught approximately 40 different courses, starting with business math and business statistics and expanding into courses for the Administrative Support Technology, Accounting and Business Programs. Tusing has also taught in business and industry, including the city of Winchester Executive City Employee Learning and Leadership Academy. During his career, he has received numerous awards, including the first B.J. Sager Distinguished Faculty Award and LFCC Outstanding Organization Adviser Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Medallion of Teaching Excellence award. In addition, he was recognized on the Tree of Fame at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) national office for contributions to the organization and was nominated for the Southern Business Education Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Furthermore, Tusing serves on the Virginia FBLA-PBL Foundation Board; was the founding adviser for the LFCC Phi Beta Lambda chapter; and served in a variety of interim administrative roles at LFCC throughout his career. Tusing is a lay leader in Grace United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Men. He is a past board member and current friend of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Winchester and Clarke and Frederick counties.



Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.