Outstanding 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 and want to recognize our outstanding alumni and their career successes. To that end, the PVCC Educational Foundation established the Outstanding Alumni Awards in 2016 to recognize PVCC alumni who have made an impact on our community or the community in which they live.

2017 Distinguished Alumus

Ralph H. Hensley III Ralph H. Hensley III, of Winchester, is the recipient of the 2017 Piedmont Virginia Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hensley graduated from PVCC in 1996, earning an associate degree in general studies. While at PVCC, he was the recipient of PVCC’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty University and a diploma in hotel/restaurant management from Stratford University in Falls Church, Va.

He currently serves as command executive officer and veterans outreach coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2011 after serving as the senior enlisted leader and naval reserve commander at the Navy Installations Command Headquarters at Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.


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