Recognizing college leaders

Published 9:59 pm Thursday, May 20, 2010

During Paul D. Camp Community College’s annual commencement, held May 14, College President Doug Boyce presented several special awards in recognition of significant personal contributions to the college and the community.

4J.P. Councill Jr. Community Service Award

As many people know, PDCCC was established in 1970 through the generous donation of land for the college’s first campus by children of Paul D. Camp. Since that time, the Camp family has continued to play a major role in the success of the college and surrounding communities.

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Over the years, the College has received significant financial support from the Camp Family Foundations for the establishment of its Regional Workforce Development Center, annual scholarships, the President’s Discretionary Fund, and many other needs.

In the general community, family foundations also have funded many diverse facilities and organizations to help improve the quality of life for citizens and communities of the region.

Although the original Camp family business no longer exits, the legacy of this philanthropic family continues to live.

To honor their many contributions, the 2010 J.P. Councill Jr. Community Service Award was presented to the Camp families. On hand to accept the award were Paul Douglas Camp Marks Jr., grandson of Paul D. Camp — and Robert Hill Camp, great grandson.

The award will be displayed at The Elms, the home of Paul D. Camp, as a lasting symbol of the special relationship between the Camp families and Paul D. Camp Community College.

4Faculty Emeriti

During graduation, Maggie Evans and John Patterson were also recognized with Faculty Emeriti status.

Professor Maggie Evans, one of PDCCC’s original faculty members, started teaching Health and Physical Education at the College in 1971.

In making the Emeritus presentation, Dr. Boyce said, “In addition to her passion for her disciplines and excellence as a teacher, she has served in several leadership positions as a division chair, director of the college’s self-study, and chair of all standing committees over her years of service.” He also acknowledged her leadership for the Certified Nursing Assistant Program before the college’s Nursing Program was established.

“Her love for teaching and learning has been evident in all of the opportunities she has made available to students. Her concern for the health and well-being of the college community has been readily demonstrated by her service as the college’s CommonHealth coordinator.”

Assistant professor John Patterson taught for Isle of Wight County Schools before starting at PDCCC in 1994 as a full-time faculty member in biology.

“Students agree he holds them to high standards and that he is an excellent teacher and advisor,” Boyce said. “John has cultivated great relationships with teachers across the region through the Summer Educators’ Environmental Institute that provides SOL-based recertification credits.”

As a result of Patterson’s strong relationships with senior institutions, Boyce added, a steady stream of students have transferred and been successful as they continued their studies after leaving Paul D. Camp.

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