Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family Receives Award

Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family Receives Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

College Philanthropists Honored with 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

April 26, 2016 – Richmond


(left to right): Mary Lawson, Special Events Coordinator at SWCC; Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System; Mrs. Nancy Albert Wolf, daughter of Gaynelle Lockhart Albert; Dr. Mark Estepp, President of SWCC; and Susan Lowe, Executive Director of the SWCC Educational Foundation.

The Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family has earned the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The family was nominated for the award by Southwest Virginia Community College. The award was recently given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 11th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as, the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $11 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

  “SWCC is honored that the Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family are key supporters of the college,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president of Southwest Virginia Community College. He continued, “The Lockhart Albert Family’s generous donation created a chair of music at SWCC, which contributes directly to the quality of education the college provides its students of music.”

The SWCC Chair of Music is currently held by Dr. Joseph Trivette and he and the SWCC Jazz Ensemble provided the music for the reception at the luncheon on Tuesday, April 19th in Richmond, Virginia.  Mrs. Nancy Albert Wolf, daughter of Gaynelle Lockhart Albert, attended the luncheon.  “The Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Family provided the funding to establish a Chair of Music at SWCC,” said Susan Lowe, Executive Director of the SWCC Educational Foundation. “Dr. Joseph Trivette has been invaluable to the College and has created an outstanding Music Program that has enriched the lives of both our students and our communities.  We are grateful for the legacy that Mrs. Albert chose to leave through this generous gift.”

In addition to helping community college students realize their dreams of continuing their education, keynote speaker Mike Petters, VFCCE board member and president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, said donors also play a critical role in Virginia’s workforce development efforts.

“By supporting the foundation, you support access, affordability, and student success at every one of Virginia’s Community Colleges across the state from Big Stone Gap in southwestern Virginia to Melfa on the Eastern Shore – and 21 community colleges in between.”

Graciela Billingsley, this year’s Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient, took to the podium to thank her benefactor.

“This scholarship – you – have truly impacted my life because in continuing my higher education at Northern Virginia Community College, I will be able to continue to learn important course work that will be the foundation to my future.”