Latest LFCC Professor Kendrick Receives Commonwealth Professorship

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2012

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Brent L. Kendrick, Ph.D., Professor of English at the Middletown Campus of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), has been named as the recipient of a 2012-2014 Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).  Only three professors were chosen systemwide to receive this honor. 

 Dr. Kendrick will use the award funds to prepare and edit a collection of Colonial American essays, songs, poems, and advertisements that were published pseudonymously.  The collection has been hailed as some of the best essays from America’s Colonial period, yet has never been edited and the author remains unknown.  Dr. Kendrick’s goal is to make these essays available not only to students, professors, and scholars but also to the reading public at large.  His project will result in a critical, annotated edition of the essays, along with a convincing case for authorial attribution, based on a preponderance of internal evidence as well as on stylometrics. 

 Dr. Kendrick joined LFCC in 1998, after working for 25 years at the Library of Congress and receiving that institution’s highest award for Distinguished Service.  He has taught more than 3,000 students at LFCC and in 2008 was named one of the top twelve educators in the Commonwealth by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).  In 2010, he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  The sixth child of a West Virginia coal miner and the first in his family to attend college, Dr. Kendrick earned his B.A. from Alderson-Broaddus College (Philippi, WV) and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (Columbia).

 More information on the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program can be found at the VCCS website:


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.