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Contact:  Kathleen Kincheloe
(804) 786-2323
For Immediate Release

January 28, 2008


SCHEV and Dominion Announce the
2008 Outstanding Faculty Awards Recipients

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion are pleased to announce the twelve faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities who have been selected as recipients of the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA). 

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the awards program, which honors faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service.  The OFA program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion.  Dominion has funded the OFA program since 2005 and has announced plans to continue its sponsorship of the OFA program through 2010.

2008 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients:

Bridget L. Anderson (“Rising Star” recipient)
Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics
Old Dominion University

Faye Z. Belgrave
Professor of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

Edward J. Berger (“Teaching with Technology” recipient)
Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia

Cliff Boyd
Professor of Anthropology
Radford University

Carl T. Friedrichs
Professor of Marine Science
College of William and Mary/VIMS

John Kattwinkel
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Virginia

Suzanne P. Keen
Thomas H. Broadus, Jr. Professor of English
Washington & Lee University

Brentford L. Kendrick
Professor of English
Lord Fairfax Community College

Shaomin Li
Professor of Management
Old Dominion University

Walerian Majewski
Professor of Physics
Northern Virginia Community College

KimMarie McGoldrick
Professor of Economics
University of Richmond

Duncan J. Richter
Professor of Philosophy
Virginia Military Institute

“These twelve recipients represent the best and brightest Virginia’s higher education community has to offer,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV’s Executive Director. “Though the colleges and universities represented by the awardees have unique missions and serve different student populations, these recipients all share a commitment to educating and serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

“We at Dominion are pleased to continue our role in honoring these distinguished educators for their superior accomplishments in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the community,” says William C. Hall Jr., Dominion’s vice president-Corporate Communications and Community Affairs and president of the Dominion Foundation. “Their inspiring scholarship, research, and leadership have helped place Virginia’s colleges and universities among the finest in the nation.”

The twelve recipients will be honored for their excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service during a February 20th ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Since the first awards ceremony in 1987, a total of 256 Virginia faculty members - including the 2008 recipients - have received this high honor.

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 higher education issues and Virginia colleges and universities. Photos and information about each of this year's recipients can be found on the web at

The Dominion Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion.  Headquartered in Richmond, the company serves retail energy customers in eleven states. The Dominion Foundation donates more than $17 million annually to non-profit organizations in states where the company does business. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at

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