PVCC President Frank Friedman to Deliver Keynote Address at Monticello July 4 Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

Charlottesville, Va. – June 30, 2022 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is ecstatic to share that its president, Dr. Frank Friedman, is this year’s keynote speaker for the 60th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. This is the nation’s oldest continuous naturalization ceremony held outside a courtroom. Dr. Friedman is the first community college president to deliver the keynote address, during which this year, more than 45 individuals will take the oath of citizenship.

“I am honored to be speaking at Monticello on July 4. Past speakers have included five United States Presidents, several Virginia Governors, Collin Powell, Madeleine Albright and multiple Pulitzer Prize winners,” shared Friedman. “The selection of a community college president recognizes the tremendous impact community colleges have on immigrants to our country.” 

Friedman has served as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1999. During his tenure he has provided leadership and management for an institution of 5,500 students, 180 full-time faculty and staff, and a budget of over $30 million. Upon his retirement July 1, 2022, the State Board for Community Colleges has honored him with the title President Emeritus.

Some highlights from Friedman’s career at PVCC include:

  • Facilities acquisition, expansion and construction, like the 45,000 sq. ft. Woodrow W. Bolick Advanced Technology and Student Success Center, for which construction has just begun. This will be the first building in the Virginia Community College System to use one hundred percent alternative energy.
  • Academic program growth, enrollment growth and new programs in high-demand career areas like cybersecurity, computer science, nursing, welding and truck driving.
  • Enrollment growth of 25% and elevation of student access areas like high school dual enrollment, early college programs and transfer programs.
  • An increase in PVCC graduates from 300 per year to 1,200 per year.
  • Network2Work establishment as the leading anti-poverty program. 
  • Expansion of adult education by linking the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) with PVCC Workforce Services and Network2Work.
  • Excelling in fundraising through the PVCC Educational Foundation which has, since 1999, 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.

Learn more about Dr. Friedman’s career highlights at www.pvcc.edu/donors-friends/honoring-president-friedman.

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. He 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. 

In Charlottesville Friedman he 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 also a former Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair. 

The Independence Day ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at Piedmont Virginia Community College and shuttles to Monticello will run throughout the morning. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Monticello Facebook page, website, and YouTube channel. To learn more about the event visit www.monticello.org/july4.

About The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to bring history forward into national and global dialogues by engaging audiences with Jefferson’s world and ideas, and inviting them to experience the power of place at Monticello. Monticello is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, a United Nations World Heritage Site and a Site of Conscience. As a private, nonprofit organization, the foundation’s regular operating budget does not receive ongoing government support to fund its twofold mission of preservation and education. For information, visit Monticello.org.

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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