J. Philip Bain Jr. Honored with the ‘2013 Philanthropist of the Year Award’

PDCCC Conco DuBois Bain Blow

PDCCC President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco; Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System Dr. Glenn DuBois; 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy recipient J. Philip Bain Jr.; and PDCCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Felicia Blow, APR.

J. Philip Bain Jr. of Ivor has earned the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and is Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2013 Philanthropist of the Year.
 
Bain was selected for the award because of his generous contributions to the college and for longtime service on the Foundation Board and to the College. He has served on the Paul D. Community College Foundation Board for nine years—where he most recently served as chairman of the finance committee. He currently serves as treasurer. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia, located in Richmond, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
 
Bain compares the importance of supporting community college to planting a seed.
“When you contribute to a community college-whether it’s time, money or assets-you’re doing something in your own backyard where you will actually witness the results. You can watch that seed grow and know that you are contributing to the growth of the world around you.”
 
He noted that it is rewarding to see the results of his contributions, “in terms of how it adds to the quality of life for students, how it helps them plan for a brighter future, how it improves the human spirit and how the effects are visible right here in my own little corner of the world.”
 
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the eighth year the awards have been given.
 
This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $17 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
 
“The generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders we honor represents a brilliant collection of individuals, foundations and employers who believe in the sheer beauty of transformation,” says VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the brilliance of philanthropy.”
 
The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.
 
The luncheon’s keynote speaker is Michael Quillen, founder and former chairman of the board for Alpha Natural Resources. A former member of the State Board for Community Colleges, Quillen has also served on the board of the VFCCE and was a recipient of the Leadership in Philanthropy award in 2007. He is currently rector of the board of visitors for Virginia Tech.