Dr. Byron Brill Honored with 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2010

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

Dr. Byron Brill, of Warren County, has earned the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.  He was nominated for the award by Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC).  The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. 

Dr. Brill was a member of the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Board for 16 years, from 1993 to 2008. During that time, he devoted countless hours and much hard work to ensure the success of numerous Foundation projects. 

In 1995, Dr. Brill and his sister, Betty Lumpkin, established the C. A. and Helen Powers Brill Endowed Program Fund. In honor and memory of their parents, the scholarship is awarded to full- and/or part-time students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program at LFCC. He served as chair of the Foundation Board from 1999 until 2000 and was instrumental in increasing the assets of the Foundation. In 1997, the College Board awarded Dr. Brill a Medallion of Honor. In 2001, LFCC conferred an honorary degree on Dr. Brill. 

A graduate of Bridgewater College and the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) School of Dentistry, Dr. Brill is a periodontist who has been in practice in Stephens City since 1975. 

“When you look at what we can do by funding a scholarship and the number of people you can help, you realize that it’s just a fabulous bargain,” Dr. Brill said of his reason for making contributions to LFCC.  Community colleges are a great investment, he added, because “they fill a tremendous void, which is why they were created in the first place. They have certainly proved their value over the years.”  

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the system’s statewide foundation.  This marks the fifth year the awards have been given. 

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges. 

“These distinguished individuals are sharing with us their secrets to creating the opportunities of tomorrow.  From their hearts, from their hands, from their experiences, they give of themselves.  Along the way, they are elevating people’s lives by affording them hope and the opportunity of higher education. And we can never say, ‘Thank you,’ enough,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. 

As an award recipient, Dr. Brill will have a scholarship named after him and awarded next fall to a student attending LFCC. The scholarships are funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation. 

Rebecca Evans from Blue Ridge Community College was the event’s keynote speaker.  She is an instructor and advisor to the college’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team.  She and her student team have been working to help a village in Haiti build an economy and were in Haiti on January 12, when the nation was struck by a large, deadly earthquake.  Her SIFE Team is now focused on rebuilding a school that was hosting them during their January trip but was leveled by the earthquake. 

For more information about the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy or the LFCC Educational Foundation, you may contact David Urso, director of development, at 540-868-4077 or durso@lfcc.edu.

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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.

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