By CALVIN PYNN
RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Resources have announced the 12 faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities who have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA).
Among those recipients were local winners Dr. Louise Billaud, an associate professor of music at New River Community College, and Dr. Wu-Chun Feng, a computer science professor at Virginia Tech.
In a news release from SCHEV, Director Peter Blake said the educators selected for the award make Virginia’s system of higher education among the finest in the nation.
“The scholarship and dedication of these honorees is a testament to the strength of Virginia’s public and private, two-year and four-year institutions,” said Blake.
Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation, also expressed his pride in the diverse accomplishments of those educators.
“These individuals strengthen their communities and the Commonwealth through their commitment to discovering and sharing knowledge,” Applewhite said. “They serve as an inspiration not only to the students in their classrooms but to all Virginians.”
According to the release, this year marks the 28th anniversary of the statewide awards program, which honors faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service. The 12 recipients were selected from a pool of 115 applications based on accomplishments that strongly reflect the missions of their respective institutions.
The recipients will be recognized during a ceremony on Feb. 20 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Each of the recipients will receive an engraved award and a $5,000 check underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
The OFA program is administered by SCHEV and funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, which has fully supported the OFA program since 2005. A total of 328 Virginia faculty members – including the 2014 recipients – have received this high honor since the first awards ceremony in 1987.
According to the release, SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on higher education issues for Virginia colleges and universities.
SCHEV has also administered the Outstanding Faculty Awards since its inception in 1986.
Dominion is headquartered in Richmond, and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.