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Governor McAuliffe Honors Recipients of 2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards

by Elizabeth Liverman | Mar 22, 2016

February 17, 2016
Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday honored the 13 recipients of this year’s Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. These extraordinary faculty members from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth were recognized in a ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel. Governor McAuliffe was keynote speaker at the event, which also featured Secretary of Education Anne Holton. This annual statewide competition, now in its 30th year, is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.

“A well-educated citizenry, a well-prepared workforce and an ecosystem of high-value research, commercialization and entrepreneurship are all critical to building the new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The outstanding faculty members we honor this year have demonstrated superior abilities to nurture and mentor their students into well-rounded, productive graduates who are transforming our workforce and our economy, and to produce research that expands our knowledge base and improves the human condition. With these awards, we acknowledge the achievements of these educators and thank them for their dedication.”

“Two of the major goals of The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, the statewide strategic plan, are to optimize student success for work and life and to advance the economic and cultural prosperity of the Commonwealth and its regions,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “That is exactly what these faculty members do every day of their professional lives.”

“This event marks Dominion’s 12th consecutive year of partnership with SCHEV to honor the Commonwealth’s outstanding faculty members,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “This award program represents a unique and invaluable opportunity to support those educators who shape our students in such a positive way and in turn shape the future of Virginia.”

The awards are being made through a $75,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation.

2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

Dr. Jacqueline E. Bixler
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish
Virginia Tech

Dr. John A. David
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Virginia Military Institute

Dr. April L. Hill
Professor of Biology and Clarence E. Denoon Professor of Science
University of Richmond

Dr. Michael F. Hochella Jr.
University Distinguished Professor of Geosciences
Virginia Tech

Dr. William C. Hughes
Professor of Physics
James Madison University

Dr. Charles E. Hyde
University Professor of Physics

Dr. Jennifer G. Kahn
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
College of William & Mary

Dr. James R. Kirkwood
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Sweet Briar College

Dr. Sabita Manian
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Lynchburg College

Mr. Jonathan A. Noyalas
Assistant Professor of History
Lord Fairfax Community College

Dr. Lawrence B. Schwartz
Charles and Evelyn Thomas Professor of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. John P. Swaddle
Professor of Biology
College of William & Mary

Dr. Everett L. Worthington Jr.
Commonwealth Professor of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

SCHEV has administered the Outstanding Faculty Award program since its inception in 1986. Photos and additional biographical information about each of this year’s recipients is available on our 2016 OFA page.

About Dominion
Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information about Dominion and the Dominion Foundation, visit

SCHEV is the coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. Together with stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, SCHEV is working to advance postsecondary learning, research and public service with The Virginia Plan for Higher Education.

For more information, contact Greg Weatherford, associate for communications and outreach, at (804) 786-2323 or

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