PDCCC counselor receives award for tireless commitment

Dr. Alan Harris

Dr. Alan Harris, counselor at Paul D. Camp Community College, was recently honored with the Virginia Community College Association’s Lifetime Membership Award.


The award is only given when a recipient has demonstrated significant contributions to the VCCA—the initial professional development arm of the Virginia Community College System. He was honored during the VCCA’s 2012 conference in Hot Springs in early October.


A VCCA member since 1989, Harris has served on the executive board since 2005, and held many positions in the organization, among them being president, member-at-large representative and showcase coordinator. He currently serves as college contact representative, vendor coordinator and liaison to the faculty/instructional affairs committee. He is also assisting with the evaluation of sites for the 2013 conference. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the association.


“He is very devoted to ensuring the success of the VCCA by encouraging colleagues to join the association,” said counselor Hyler Scott, who nominated Harris. “He always offers his support to the association as well as to individual members.”


At PDCCC, Harris is presenter for the new student orientation sessions and teaches college success skills classes. He is involved in activities and committee work, such as Open House, enrollment management/Achieve the Dream, administrative services committee, CommonHealth coordinator and Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) advisor. In addition, he visits high schools to recruit students and makes presentations to civic organizations regarding the Virginia Education Wizard.


“He works tirelessly to assist students in achieving academic success,” said Scott. “He is the epitome of the association’s mission, which is to promote the development and advancement of community college education in Virginia and our local communities.”


Harris is a member of the Suffolk Ruritan Club, and is a deacon, Sunday school director and a head usher at First Baptist Church, Suffolk. He serves on the agriculture advisory committee for Suffolk City Public Schools and is past president of the South of the James Chapter of The College of William and Mary Alumni Association.

The Lifetime Membership honor has not been awarded in several years. The recipient is chosen by voting delegates from each of the 23 Virginia community colleges.