For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2018
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Lord Fairfax Community College presented its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Friday to Renée Culbertson, who graduated cum laude with an associate of applied science degree in management in 2000.
During her remarks after receiving the award, Culbertson noted she attended LFCC at the Fauquier Campus when the only space available for classes was the Barn. She took night classes while working full-time during the day.
Culbertson received the award during the LFCC Educational Foundation’s annual appreciation luncheon, which is a chance for the foundation to thank donors, to showcase several students, and to give donors a chance to meet with scholarship recipients. The foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships in the 2017-2018 year.
A current member of the Executive Board of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association – and its president in 2015-2106 – Culbertson has served as the deputy clerk of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors for nearly 17 years.
Culbertson had previously worked as a successful administrative professional in the corporate, military and private sectors. Her volunteer endeavors include the Jaycees, Executive Women International, and Fauquier Community Child Care. She was in the first Leadership Fauquier class in 2016.
Those considered for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have attained outstanding achievement in their career, have provided outstanding service to the community, be a positive role model for LFCC students, and demonstrate the college’s ideals of learning, integrity and positive spirit. Culbertson, who noted she is a lifelong learner and continues to take Workforce Solutions classes, said she was honored to be held in such high esteem by college officials.
“Renée has certainly demonstrated that she is the perfect fit for such a high honor,” Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy says. “As one of her friends describes her, Renée is a quiet force for good behind the scenes in Fauquier County.”
Also during Friday’s luncheon, Winchester-Frederick County entrepreneurs and philanthropists Kathy and Nick Nerangis were honored for their generosity to Lord Fairfax.
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.