For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Dr. William H. McCoy was appointed the first president of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), at the age of 41. He served as president of LFCC for 18 years, from 1969-1987. He passed away on December 4, 2013, at his residence in Jacksonville, Florida.
On October 11, 1969 he officiated during the ground-breaking ceremonies of the Middletown Campus with Mr. Wilkie Hunt, College Board Chairman, and Dr. Dana Hamel, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Under McCoy’s supervision, the College received accreditation from the Southern Association of Community Junior Colleges.
In 1970, the College opened its doors to 577 students with 23 full-time faculty members. Two years later Dr. McCoy handed diplomas to 92 students. Today, we have 7,238 students and 76 full-time faculty, and handed out diplomas to 1,062 students last May.
Dr. McCoy also served as president of the Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; president, and later director of the Wayside Foundation of the Arts; and chairman of the Winchester Apple Harvest Festival for ten years. He was also a member of the Winchester Rotary Club, serving on the club’s board of directors.
In 1987, he left Virginia to become president of North Florida Junior College. However, he remained connected to LFCC. He contributed regularly to the William H. McCoy Scholarship Fund to support LFCC students. He also attended LFCC’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2010. According to LFCC’s president Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy; “Despite his declining health, he wanted to be sure that he made the trip to LFCC, and he enjoyed seeing many of his former colleagues and friends. Dr. McCoy’s love for and dedication to the College was evident, and greatly appreciated.”
His eighteen year tenure is still remembered by some of LFCC’s professors and staff who worked with him. Andrea Ludwick, who has been a Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre since 1974, said, “I will be forever indebted to Dr. McCoy for his dedication to students and his support of theatre and performing arts at LFCC. He never missed a show and continued to support all of our events while he was president.” The blackbox theatre at LFCC is named in McCoy’s honor.
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.