For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2009
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Board member Barbara Pickeral Lee received the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) 2009 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service. This award recognizes outstanding service by a currently serving community college board member and is a singular statewide award announced every November at the annual meeting of the State Community College Board.
Lee, a Clarke County resident, currently serves as the College Board’s chairman, a position she has held since June 2008. She has served on the board since 2002.
Lee said she was shocked to win the Chairman’s Award and simply sees herself as a volunteer who made a commitment to serve the College.
“I do this because there are needs here and there and this was an honor beyond belief,” she said. “I feel very humble as all I have ever wanted to do was to live up to the service given by my father, J.J. Pickeral.”
Lees’s association with the College extends back to her father’s (J.J. Pickeral) service on the original steering committee that founded LFCC. Now personally involved, Lee not only serves on the Board but is also a donor to the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. and a past member of the LFCC Educational Foundation Board. With her children, she established the Timothy R. Lee Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Scholarship in memory of Timothy Lee, her husband and their father.
Lee retired from the Clarke County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher in June 2004. Her teaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 35 years spent at D.G. Cooley Elementary School in Berryville. After retiring, Lee worked as a substitute teacher in Clarke and Loudoun counties for three years. Since August 2007, she has served as the administrator of the Wee Angels Weekday Programs at Duncan Memorial Methodist Church in Berryville.
“Ms. Lee’s strong support of education has made her a natural ambassador for LFCC,” said College Board Vice Chairman John Vance. “Ms. Lee promotes all aspects of LFCC’s services within the community as she meets with elected officials, business leaders, retired and current educators and community organizations. She also is a strong supporter of the College’s Dual Enrollment Program and promotes the program within the high schools whenever she is given the opportunity to do so.”
Lee’s retirement has given her the opportunity to increase her involvement in various community organizations, including the Clarke County Community Services Council, Clarke County Kiwanis Club, Clarke County Women’s Club, Clarke and Virginia Retired Teachers Association, 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee, Kids Voting of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and LFCC College Board. She was appointed to the Clarke County School Board in June 2009 and, in November, won a two-year term in a special election.
“When it comes to community colleges, Barbara is willing to have the conversation, engage in the dialog and envision a future where the community college is the place to be for 21st Century skills, as well as preparation for life and life-long learning,” said Mike Murphy, superintendent of Clarke County Public Schools.
LFCC President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy said she was thrilled that the VCCS chose Lee to honor. “She is so deserving,” she said, noting her advocacy, her participation in the life of the College, and her love of people and service.
The Chairman’s Award criteria included the following: participating in community life, mobilizing the mission of the community college, participating in college-related activities and providing leadership to solve challenges to community colleges.
For more information about the VCCS, please visit http://www.vccs.edu.
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.