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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
KirstenNelson@schev.edu
For Immediate Release

February 11, 2005

SCHEV and Dominion to Host
2005 Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony on February 15

—Governor and General Assembly to Participate in Recognition of 12 OFA Recipients—

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion will host the 19th Annual Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in the Old Senate Chamber of the State Capitol in Richmond. The award is the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities.

Governor Warner, members of the General Assembly, members of the Cabinet, executives from Dominion, and members of the State Council will lead Virginians in honoring the twelve 2005 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients, who will be announced during the 40-minute ceremony. Afterwards, the recipients will be formally introduced and recognized on the floors of the Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates.

SCHEV administers the Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA) program, which celebrates the demonstrated record of superior accomplishments by faculty in teaching, research, and public service. Each of the 12 OFA recipients receives a $5,000 award and a commemorative statue from Dominion.

This year's OFA winners were selected from a highly competitive pool of 110 qualified candidates who were nominated by their peers at Virginia's institutions of higher education. Each institution is invited to participate in the program and is eligible to nominate a set number of candidates based upon the size of its faculty. Systemwide, there are nearly 10,000 full-time faculty.

The General Assembly and Governor created the Outstanding Faculty Awards program in 1986. The award recognizes the finest among Virginia's college faculty for their demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service. This year's 12 recipients will join 217 other college faculty who have been bestowed this honor since the first awards were presented in 1987.

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 www.schev.edu.

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