Providing a Foundation for the college

Published 8:57 pm Friday, October 1, 2010

Organized to promote the College’s continuing progress, the PDCCC Foundation serves as an independent organization with a board of directors, staff allocated by the college, and a range of activities and services to the college.

Its goals include securing funds and other resources needed to promote faculty and staff development; strengthening and developing educational programs preparing students for employment; supporting college activities and special projects; purchasing or making contributions for acquisition of instructional materials and equipment for the construction of buildings and facilities to enhance the educational and administrative resources of the college; and providing educational scholarships for deserving students.

Foundation Activities

Annual Fund campaign/planned giving: The Foundation just completed its sixth annual fund campaign, which provides needed dollars for professional development activities for faculty and staff, workforce development needs, and nine endowed scholarships to benefit worthy students.

Major gifts campaign: Currently, the Foundation board is working on the college’s first major gifts campaign to raise money for critical initiatives identified through the college’s strategic planning process. In partnership with the local College Board, the Foundation board implemented a feasibility study to assess the college’s image and reputation and to identify which proposed fund-raising projects would likely receive support.

Golf tournament: The Foundation’s seventh annual golf tournament, which moves to a different location in the college’s service region each year, was held Aug. 20 at Cypress Creek Golfers’ Club in Smithfield. Next year, it goes to Cypress Cove Country Club in Franklin.

Antique Car and Truck Show: The Foundation is also hosting its second annual Car and Truck Show on Oct. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Campus parking lot. Proceeds from both the Golf Tournament and Antique Car and Truck Show will be used to provide scholarships and support college program initiatives and other projects.

Foundation Directors

Composed of business and community leaders who generously contribute their time and resources, the PDCCC Foundation has taken a leadership role in seeking private support to maintain standards of excellence at PDCCC. In addition to the college president and the vice president for institutional advancement (who serves as executive director and secretary), the current directors include Billy Gwaltney (president) of Windsor; Sandy Mann (vice president) of Carrollton; Herb DeGroft of Smithfield; Tim Schellpeper (president of Smithfield Packing); Scott Carr (immediate past president) and J.R. Boyce (treasurer) of Suffolk; Phil Bain of Ivor; Nancy Hargrave Nagle Bolio of Richmond; Roger Drake, Kendall Edwards, and Glenn Rawlings of Franklin; and Lynda Updike of Newsoms. We salute them all.

For more details on the PDCCC Foundation, call 569-6791. For information on programs and other options at the College, call 569-6700, or visit