Nominations sought for distinguished Laurel Ridge administrators and staff

For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2021

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

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Have you been impressed by the wonderful service and dedication shown by an Laurel Ridge employee? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Every year, Laurel Ridge presents awards to distinguished full-time and adjunct faculty members, full-time and part-time staffers, and to administrators. Faculty may only be nominated via the Faculty Council, but the college is taking nominations from the public for staff and administrator awards.

All nominations are due by Monday, Jan. 25. For staff members, please describe how the nominee exhibits exemplary performance, dedication and commitment to two or more of the college’s values of learning, high performance, integrity, positive spirit and diversity. Nominations for full-time staffers should be emailed to [email protected], while those for nominees who are part-time should be sent to [email protected].

To nominate an administrator, please email [email protected], describing how that individual exhibits exemplary performance, dedication and commitment in two or more of the following areas:  management effectiveness and leadership, college and community service, professional growth and development, and non-routine strategic and special project activities and responsibilities.

“As we reflect on the last year, so many of our employees go above and beyond for our students and community,” said Laurel Ridge Associate Vice President of Human Resources JoAnn Ellwood. “The distinguished awards are an opportunity for us to honor and recognize those who demonstrate our values and reflect the pride we employees feel for Laurel Ridge.”

Recipients receive a plaque and a monetary award.

See a list of previous award recipients at






Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.