Distinguished Alumni

At PVCC, our students are our most valuable asset. We know that many of them have had a great impact on our community and others want to recognize our outstanding alumni and their career successes. To that end, the PVCC Educational Foundation established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016 to recognize PVCC alumni who have made an impact on our community or the community in which they live.

2019 Distinguished Alumna

Piedmont Virginia Community College alumna Patt Hart Keats, of Charlottesville has been named PVCC’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Keats was recognized at PVCC’s 46th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 16.

Keats, a native of Idaho, earned an Associate of Science in Radiology Technology and General Studies from PVCC in 1982. Dr. Keats also holds a diploma in Radiologic Technology from St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College, and both a master’s and doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

Keats began her career in radiology in 1968 and went on to hold research and teaching positions with the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, and the UVA School of Medicine. Upon completion of her master’s work in Counselor Education in 1986, Keats worked in private practice in Charlottesville until 2002. In addition, she held counseling positions at the Center for Personal and Career Development, Family Systems Monthly Seminars and PVCC.

Dr. Keats, and her late husband Ted, shared both a life together and a passion for the field of radiology, he as a renowned radiologist, she as a radiologic technologist. Through their devotion to the discipline, and most especially through teaching, they helped ensure excellence in the practice of radiography for future generations. In 2015, Dr. Keats made a generous donation in honor of late husband to support PVCC's Radiography Associate of Applied Science Degree program. The Keats Health Sciences Building at PVCC is named in recognition of this special gift and the significant impact the Keats have made in the life of the college.

“I was helped [with paying for my education] as a young student. When I got into a position where I could reach back and help pull others up, I did it,” said Dr. Keats.

In addition to her involvement with PVCC, Dr. Keats has been an active member of the Charlottesville community, volunteering with a number of nonprofit organizations including the Charlottesville Community Children’s Theatre, the Charlottesville Light Opera Company, the Jefferson Community Theater, Chi Sigma Iota, the Albemarle County Fair and the Epilepsy Association of Virginia.      

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