Long-time educator Morgan Phenix inducted into community college honor society

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December 6, 2018

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He might hold a doctoral degree, but Stanley resident Morgan Phenix is still taking classes at LFCC.

He is “so proud” to have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges, this fall. Students must have completed at least 12 credits and have a minimum 3.5 GPA to be inducted into PTK.

Phenix, who works part-time as an educational specialist at LFCC’s Luray-Page County Center, is taking his 11th class with English Professor Brent Kendrick.

“It’s memoir writing,” says Phenix, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in English and curriculum design from Teachers College, Columbia University. “Taking Professor Kendrick’s class is the only way that I will force myself to write, and I really want to write another book.”

After his third time in Kendrick’s class, he realized he had enough material to write his memoir, “A Life Worth Living – A Story Worth Telling.” His second book, “Elizabeth’s Story” is a novel.

“I never in my life would’ve published a book if I hadn’t taken one of his classes,” Phenix, who was formerly LFCC’s associate vice president for instruction, says. “Professor Kendrick provides me with a reason to finish something. He’s so inspiring, a superb teacher.”

Born in New York City, Phenix spent eight years in Denmark in the 1970s and 1980s, before coming to Page County in 1992 and serving as principal of Page County High School until 2008. He served on the LFCC College Board from 2000-2008, and in 2009 was named dean of humanities, math and social sciences at LFCC following a short period as interim dean.

Now working part-time for LFCC, Phenix is also chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors.

“I’ve just been blessed up and down by virtue of working at Lord Fairfax,” he says. “I can’t put into words how much it has meant to fall into the position of interim dean after retiring as Page County High School principal.”

In turn, Phenix has blessed the college and the students at his former school by establishing the Page County High School Phenix Endowed Scholarship in honor of his late parents, Dr. Philip and Gena Phenix. The scholarship is awarded to Page County High School graduates headed to LFCC.

Also a generous donor to the Luray-Page County Center building campaign, Phenix was selected by the LFCC Foundation in 2015 to be the recipient of a prestigious state recognition, the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.




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.