PVCC President Dr. Frank Friedman Announces May 2022 Retirement

Charlottesville, Va. – August 18, 2021 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) President Dr. Frank Friedman announced today that he will retire from the position after graduation in May 2022. The fifth president of the College, Friedman made his announcement to faculty and staff during the academic-year kickoff All-College meeting. Friedman has served as PVCC President since 1999.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as president of PVCC. I have worked with the finest, most dedicated faculty and staff you will find anywhere. I am so proud that in the 23 years I have been president, over 150,000 students have received an accessible, affordable, high-quality education at PVCC,” Friedman said.

The State Board for Community Colleges, Chancellor Glenn DuBois and the PVCC College Board will conduct a national search to find the next PVCC President.

“Frank has been an outstanding president, always seeing our mission in the best interest of our students.  He has also fought hard, and often, to secure financial resources for the faculty and staff at Piedmont. Although the state board could never replace Frank, I’m sure they will find the right leader worthy to replace him,” shared Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor Glenn DuBois.

Ever passionate about providing access to education and opportunities for students and the community, Dr. Friedman is a champion for student success. He has a mindset of meeting students where they are and a determination to help ensure that everyone who wants to go to college can do so. Friedman’s guidance helped elevate the school’s student services to include expanded financial resources, mentoring services, a food and clothing bank and innovative funding programs like the most recent PVCC4U.100%, which covers the full cost of tuition and fees for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, for qualifying students. Friedman’s vision for PVCC is holistic and grounded in decisions that support current and future students, the region’s workforce and the community overall.

During his tenure, the college has experienced significant growth, including:


•    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 Advanced Technology and Student Success Center, to begin in 2021. 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 $24,218,154 at the end of the 2020 calendar year. Investment income over the period has been $9,040,275.

Friedman has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. Prior to becoming president of PVCC, he was executive vice president of Austin Community College in Texas. He has experience as a chief academic officer, chief student services officer, director of institutional research and planning, and as a faculty member in psychology and education.

Dr. Friedman has served on national higher education advisory commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges and The College Board. He served six years as a board member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and three years as the elected Virginia representative to the thirteen-member Executive Council of the Commission.

Among his accomplishments are being named a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, recognition by Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and receiving the Community Service Award by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council in 2005. In 2014, he was honored with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. The award recognized his encouragement and promotion of scholarship, leadership and service among PVCC students, which are core goals of PTK. Friedman is the 2018 recipient of the Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which recognizes outstanding service to the SACSCOC, including volunteerism, leadership and commitment to the principles of accreditation.

In Charlottesville, Dr. Friedman has served on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, the Entrepreneurial Village, the Blue Morning Social Entrepreneurship Group, the Jefferson School Foundation and Early Childhood Education Vision Keepers. He is a past Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair.

Friedman has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.

Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu


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