For Immediate Release:
May 13, 2009
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Each year, the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Board presents College Medallions of Recognition awards to citizens who have contributed in a variety of ways to foster the mission of the College and demonstrate leadership, scholarship and service in the community. The Medallions will be awarded at a special ceremony held prior to LFCC’s Commencement ceremony at the Middletown Campus on Friday, May 15. Eight recipients were chosen by the College Board for 2009.
Information about each recipient follows:
- Denise P. Broy, a Shenandoah County resident, retired from LFCC in January 2009 after 30 years of service. Broy started at LFCC in 1977 as a part-time employee, where she worked in the Personnel Office as a clerk typist. In 1979, Broy was hired as a full-time employee in the Printing Services Office. She held the positions of clerk typist, printing technician and lastly as printing services supervisor. In 2007, Broy received the Positive Spirit Award at LFCC. In addition, she received the Virginia Community College Association Support Staff Showcase Award.
- John S. Capps, assumed the position of interim president of LFCC in June 2008. To serve as LFCC’s interim president, Capps took a temporary leave of absence from his position as vice president of academic and student affairs at Virginia Western Community College (VWCC), a position he has held since 2002. During his tenure at VWCC, Capps has held numerous administrative positions, including interim dean of the Division of Humanities, director of distance learning, interim dean of the Division of Health Technology and Natural Sciences and Mathematics and interim director of development. Prior to these administrative roles, Capps served as an instructor and professor of English and program head of English at VWCC, beginning in 1978.
- Charles E. Day Jr., a Shenandoah County resident, is a representative for Mutual of Omaha and is a member of the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation Board. In addition, Day has been a real estate agent since 1997. Day attended LFCC before transferring to Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he earned the title of Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow.
- William A. Hazel, a Broad Run resident, is the chair of the board of William A. Hazel Inc., a total site development contractor located in Northern Virginia. For more than 45 years, the company has been engaged in all aspects of site development and road and pipeline construction throughout the Northern Virginia area. In addition, Hazel has developed and owned major residential projects such as Ashburn Farm in Loudoun County. Throughout the years, Hazel has been involved with many organizations related to both the construction industry and education, including the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Virginia Literacy Foundation and Youth for Tomorrow.
- William B. Holtzman, a Shenandoah County resident, is the president and owner of Holtzman Oil Corp., a BP, Chevron, Exxon, Liberty and Texaco distributorship with offices in Leesburg, Luray, Mt. Jackson and Strasburg. Holtzman is also the president of Holtzman Propane; Little Apple Properties Inc., which includes the Mt. Jackson Liberty Truck Stop; the Denny’s restaurants in Mt. Jackson and Warrenton; and the Burger King restaurants located in Luray, Mauzy, Mt. Jackson, New Market, Strasburg and Winchester; and Valley Ice. Holtzman was the recipient of the Ernst & Young 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Virginia and the Shenandoah University 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
- George L. Sekel, a city of Fredericksburg resident, enlisted in the Army Reserves in December 1942 and was called to service in May 1943. Eight months later, Sekel and the surviving members of the 179th Infantry Division were overrun by German forces at Anzio, Italy, and Sekel became a prisoner of war. Sekel made six escape attempts before finding his way to American troops on the last attempt. After Sekel returned home, he enrolled at Muskingham College, where he majored in French and German. He later learned Slavonian and Turkish. During his career, Sekel worked for the State Department in Germany and served as consul in Egypt, India and Turkey, under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, during the Cold War period following World War II.
- June M. Wilmot, a Frederick County resident, is the retired executive director of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission, where she served from 1991 to 2002. Wilmot has more than 35 years of experience in the field of economic development. Some of her career experiences include stints at the Governor’s Office in the Division of Industrial Development, Loudoun County and Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Wilmot was appointed to the Frederick County Planning Commission in 2004 and elected to serve as chair of the Commission in 2006. She also serves as a member of the board of advisors for the Shenandoah Institute of Public Service and is a board and steering committee member of the Community Consensus Coalition.
- Ann R. Wiltshire, a Frederick County resident, was a member of the LFCC Educational Foundation Board for six years, serving under two LFCC presidents. During her tenure on the Foundation Board, she served on several committees with a concentration on scholarships, especially in the medical field. Wiltshire is a retired medical professional and has volunteered in the community since 1989, when she moved to Winchester.
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.