Honoring President Frank Friedman

Picture of PVCC President Frank Friedman

Help send President Friedman off with one final gift from the PVCC community before his incredible 23-year tenure comes to a close.

At the end of June 2022, Dr. Frank Friedman will retire as Piedmont Virginia Community College President. There is no better way to thank President Friedman for his years of service and incredible commitment to PVCC than to invest in the very thing he is most passionate about: the success of our students.

To build on President Friedman’s remarkable legacy, PVCC has established the Frank Friedman Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The new Center will strengthen teaching across the College by connecting faculty with information, resources and best practice ideas that enhance learning. The Center will be a gathering place where faculty and staff share ideas and approaches and work together with colleagues in a collaborative environment to create rich, engaged teaching and learning experiences

Creating a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at PVCC has been a long-term goal of Dr. Friedman, who has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. Dr. Friedman earned a doctorate in educational psychology and began his career teaching psychology and education. Throughout his career, he has been committed to the open-door philosophy of community colleges and has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to ensure that PVCC provides the necessary academic rigor, support and encouragement for all students to achieve their educational and career goals.

Funding in the amount of $500,000 to $1 million is needed to support the cost of operations for the Center during its first five years. To make the vision for the Center a reality, the PVCC Educational Foundation has provided a matching challenge in the amount of $100,000.  All gifts up to that amount will be matched dollar for dollar. With a gift to the Frank Friedman Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, you will honor President Friedman and enhance student success at PVCC by helping faculty at all levels become exemplary teachers. For more information about how you can be part of this exciting initiative, please contact Harry Stillerman at (434) 961-5203 or hstillerman@pvcc.edu.

Accomplishments and Milestones at PVCC during Dr. Friedman's tenure include:

  • Acquisition of the former Monticello Visitor’s Center, now PVCC’s Stultz Center for Business and Career Development, which houses the College’s Workforce Services Division.
  • Construction of the Theodore E. and Patt Hart Keats Science Building, which houses the health and life sciences programs.
  • Construction of the 45,000 square feet Woodrow W. Bolick Advanced Technology and Student Success Center, to begin in 2022. This will be the first building in the Virginia Community College System to use one hundred percent alternative energy.
  • Leased space in Charlottesville at the Jefferson School City Center and the IX Building to house innovative new programs.
  • Leased and built out 14,000 square feet space in Stanardsville, Va., which is now the Eugene Giuseppe Center.
  • Addition of eight new healthcare programs including the licensed practical nurse, paramedic, radiography, sonography and surgical technology programs.
  • Doubled enrollment in the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) program.
  • New technology programs – engineering, cybersecurity, computer science and advanced manufacturing.
  • New high-demand programs in culinary arts, enology, viticulture, welding and truck driving.
Educational Opportunity and Student Success
  • Enrollment growth of 25%.
  • Growth of high school dual enrollment to over 1,500 per semester. 
  • Establishment of the Early College Program at William Monroe High School with 20 students per year earning an associate degree from PVCC at the same time as their high school diploma.
  • Increase in PVCC graduates from 300 per year to 1,200 per year.
  • Network2Work establishment as the leading anti-poverty program. Governor Northam expanded this program, a partnership between PVCC and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, throughout Virginia.
  • Expansion of adult education by linking the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) with PVCC Workforce Services and Network2Work.
Fund Raising
  • Since 1999, The PVCC Educational Foundation has received a total of $27,710,585 in contributions and grants and has allocated $17,881,734 in support of scholarships, facilities, academic and workforce programs and other college initiatives.
  • Elevation of Foundation holdings from $1.43 million in 1999 to $30 million at the end of the 2021 calendar year. Investment income over the period has been $9,040,275.
Picture of Frank Friedman President Friedman at 1999 Graduation President Friedman with Surgical Tech Faculty