LFCC Hires New Dean of Learning

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2009

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

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – After a nationwide search, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) hired Morgan S. Phenix to serve as the dean of learning for humanities, mathematics and social sciences. Phenix, a Page County resident, has been serving as the interim dean since July 1, 2008.

In June 2008, Phenix retired as the principal of Page County High School, in Shenandoah, Va., a position he had held since 1992. At the same time, Phenix retired from the Lord Fairfax Community College Board, which he had served on since 2000. During Phenix’s career, he has served in many different teaching positions, including high school teacher in New Jersey; assistant professor at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania; Danish and English teacher in Denmark; and teacher, assistant principal and principal in Wisconsin.

Phenix holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and a master’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College in New York, N.Y. In addition, he holds certification in public school administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Phenix is active in the Battle Creek Pentecostal Church and the Page Valley Amateur Radio Club (K4RHD).


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.