Community college philanthropist Wendy Brown honored with 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Wendy Brown

Charlottesville resident Wendy Buck Brown has received the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy from the Virginia Community College System. Brown was nominated for the award by Piedmont Virginia Community College. The award was presented at a special ceremony in April.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of six million dollars to the Virginia Community College System. Brown was one of more than two dozen individuals, families and businesses from around Virginia to be nominated for this prestigious award.

According to Harry Stillerman, vice president of institutional advancement and development at PVCC, Brown was nominated due to her outstanding, long-term support of PVCC. She served on the Board of Directors for the PVCC Educational Foundation from 2006 to 2011 and continues to partner regularly with the board in fundraising efforts. Beyond college service, Brown has given generously to the Educational Foundation in many areas including the college’s annual fund, the “Opportunity and Excellence” fundraising campaign, PVCC’s community self-sufficiency programs and student scholarships. Brown is also a member of PVCC’s Carpenter Society, which recognizes individuals that have included PVCC in their estate planning.

“We are honored to recognize Wendy for her extraordinary generosity and exemplary service to our college and our community,” said Frank Friedman, PVCC president. “Wendy has worked tirelessly to promote collaboration among the nonprofit sector in the Charlottesville area, empowering organizations like PVCC, and their community partners, to best utilize their resources and talents to create social change. Wendy’s passion for helping all individuals in our community achieve their fullest potential has been an inspiration to us all.  We are grateful for Wendy’s commitment to our mission of providing quality and accessible education. Wendy’s imprint on our college has made a lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of our students and the entire campus community.”

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