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Dana B. Hamel Award for Leadership in Service

Dana Hamel

The Dana B. Hamel Award for Leadership in Service was created in January 2011 as the highest honor bestowed by the State Board for Community Colleges.

The award recognizes an individual or group for an extraordinary accomplishment or deed that exemplifies and advances the values reflected in the mission statement:

Virginia's Community Colleges give everyone
the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills
so lives and communities are strengthened



The first recipients of the award were the members of the Chancellor's Reengineering Taskforce,  established to examine and "rethink" every aspect of our organization to afford us the resources and opportunities needed to serve our students in a continued tradition of excellence and innovation. Below, left to right, Jack Lewis, task force co-chair; Patrick Tompkins, task force subcommittee chair; Dana Hamel; Robert Templin, task force co-chair; and State Board Chairman Nat Marshall pose with the crystal sculpture presented to represent the award.

Dana Hamel presents award

2011 Recipients - Dana B. Hamel Award for Leadership in Service
Reengineering Task Force I - presented Jan. 20, 2011

  • Robert G. Templin, committee chair and president, NVCC
  • Jack M. Lewis, committee co-chair and president, NRCC
  • Cindy Bambara, former interim president, CVCC
  • Kim Blosser, dean, division of mathematics, physical science and technology, BRCC
  • Ty Corbin, dean of educational support services, JSRCC
  • Crystal Cregger, vice president, finance and administrative services, WCC
  • Beverly Davenport, manager, computing services, PDCCC
  • James Davis, director, technology administration services, VCCS
  • Mark J. Estepp, president, SWCC
  • Craig Herndon, special assistant to the chancellor, VCCS
  • Sherri Huffman, director, institutional planning, research and effectiveness, DCC
  • Barbara Johnsen, member, State Board for Community Colleges
  • Nathaniel Marshall, chair, State Board for Community Colleges
  • Phyllis Milloy, vice president of finance, TCC
  • Valerie Palamountain, dean, workforce services, PVCC
  • Karen J. Petersen, former executive vice chancellor, VCCS
  • Linda Thomas-Glover, president, ESCC
  • Patrick Tompkins, associate professor, English and CFAC chair, JTCC
  • Terry Whisnant, professor, behavioral and social sciences, SVCC
  • Kevin Witter, director, facilities planning and development, VWCC
  • Susan Wood, vice chancellor, academic services and research, VCCS
  • Tiffany Pugh, policy and planning specialist, VCCS

2012 Recipient - Dana B. Hamel Award for Leadership in Service
Lynn Seuffert, Grants Administrator - presented Nov. 17, 2011
in honor of the receipt of a $24 million Department of Labor grant


Chancellor Emeritus
Dana B. Hamel

In 1964, Gov. Albertis Harrison appointed Dana Hamel to be the director of the newly established Department of Technical Education.

Two years later, Gov. Mills Godwin appointed Dr. Hamel to be director of the Department of Community Colleges and charged him with establishing a statewide system of comprehensive community colleges.

By 1972, under his leadership, the VCCS had 23 colleges, fulfilling its approved master plan.

By the end of his term as chancellor in 1979, the VCCS was serving 180,000 students.

Today, we are serving more than 400,000 students in credit and noncredit instruction. 

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