LFCC Professor Receives VCCS Award

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September 29, 2010

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Dr. Brent Kendrick from Lord Fairfax Community College Earns 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
~Dr. Brent Kendrick, an English instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College, was selected for the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
~The annual award recognizes one full-time instructor who personifies teaching excellence at Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Middletown, VA – Dr. Brent Kendrick, an English instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College, has earned the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The CATE was created to recognize a full-time instructor who personifies teaching excellence at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges may nominate one candidate for the annual award. A selection committee reviews the nominees and selects one winner. The honor includes a $5,000 check and a ceremonial stole that is worn with traditional graduation regalia. The award will be formally presented at the November meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges. 

Kendrick, the son of a West Virginia coal miner, was the first in his family to attend college.  Dr. Kendrick loves telling his students that he wakes up thinking about English and teaching and students and that he goes to bed thinking about the same three things. The truth is–he does.  He hopes that through education his students will come to see similar possibilities for their lives.  He hopes that they will tap into something–anything–that will turn them on and sustain them daily–for a lifetime.

“Simply put, teaching is my soul’s salvation,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick began teaching at Lord Fairfax Community College in 1998. Since then he has taught more than 145 classes involving more than 3,300 students. He is renowned for teaching classes both online and in traditional classroom settings and for earning consistently and remarkably high student evaluation scores.

“I often talk with LFCC students and alums and the comment that I consistently hear from them is that Dr. Kendrick is, or was, the best college professor that they have ever had,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, the president of Lord Fairfax Community College. “I have worked with close to a thousand full-time faculty members during my career. Kendrick is one of the top if not the top faculty member I have had the pleasure of knowing.”

“Brent Kendrick represents everything you can ask for in a community college instructor,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “He is quick to adopt technology in his teachings, maximizing the value of the digital tools around us. And he places a premium on engaging and inspiring his students – a timeless focus that always has and always will determine the value and success individual students find in their college pursuit.”

Kendrick is the fourth VCCS instructor to earn the CATE.  Past winners include Kim Hoosier, associate professor of sociology, Piedmont Virginia Community College (2009); Martin D. Zahn, associate professor of biology, Thomas Nelson Community College (2008); and Dr. James O’Brien, professor of psychology, Tidewater Community College (2007).



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.