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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

February 15, 2005

Governor Warner Announces
2005 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Members

RICHMOND —Governor Mark R. Warner recognized today twelve outstanding faculty members from Virginia’s colleges and universities for their excellence in teaching, research and public service.

“Everyone benefits from the dedication and knowledge of these outstanding individuals – students, institutions of higher learning and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Governor Warner at a presentation ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber of the Virginia State Capitol.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards Program (OFA) is administered by the State Council of Higher Education and funded by Dominion, the long-term corporate underwriter. An OFA award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. Now in its 19th year, the OFA program awards faculty members selected from a pool of candidates nominated by their peers. “This award recognizes the finest among Virginia’s faculty at our institutions of higher education for their superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service,” said SCHEV Executive Director Daniel J. LaVista.

“The OFA program has a well deserved reputation for fostering faculty excellence. Dominion is proud to underwrite it and we look forward to continuing the partnership for many years,” said Thos. E. Capps, chairman and chief executive officer. Dominion has committed $75,000 per year for a three-year minimum to support the program. In the past year, the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, has approved more than $1 million in grants to higher education in Virginia.

“Dominion is one of the Commonwealth’s most valued corporate citizens and a long-time friend of higher education,” said Governor Mark R. Warner.

The majority of the Dominion Foundation’s $75,000 annual gift was distributed today as $5,000 honoraria to each of 12 OFA recipients. The remainder of the gift was used by SCHEV to host the awards presentation and a luncheon for award recipients and their family members.

2005 Outstanding Faculty Awards Winners
Gayle F. Childers
Professor of Mathematics
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Rick O. Claus
Lewis Hester Chair of Engineering
Virginia Tech

R. Ed Freeman
Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration
University of Virginia

E. Scott Geller
Professor of Psychology
Virginia Tech

Matt R. Hyre
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Military Institute
("RISING STAR" Designee)

Cynthia M. Jones
Professor and Eminent Scholar of Biology
Old Dominion University

T. Mills Kelly
Assistant Professor of History
George Mason University

Katharine C. "Kitty" Kersey
University Professor of Early Childhood Education
Old Dominion University

Roland B. Minton
Professor of Mathematics
Roanoke College

Lucinda Roy
Alumni Distinguished Professor of English
Virginia Tech

Kate F. Slevin
Chancellor Professor of Sociology
College of William and Mary

Judy L. Twigg
Associate Professor of Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

The General Assembly and the Governor created the OFA Program in 1986. Since being implemented in 1987, a total of 205 Virginia faculty members have received this honor.

Dominion [NYSE: D] is one of the nation's largest energy companies. The Dominion Foundation contributes more than $6 million a year to education, health and human services, community development, and environmental and cultural programs in areas where the company does business. producers of energy, with an energy portfolio of about 28,340 megawatts of generation. Dominion also serves retail energy customers in eight states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at

For bios of each of this year's recipients use the following link on SCHEV's website:
2005 OFA Recipients List

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at or (804)225-2627.