Charlottesville resident Wendy Buck Brown has received the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy from the Virginia Community College System. Brown was nominated for the award by Piedmont Virginia Community College. The award was presented at a special ceremony in April.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 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 six million dollars to the Virginia Community College System. Brown was one of more than two dozen individuals, families and businesses from around Virginia to be nominated for this prestigious award.

According to Harry Stillerman, vice president of institutional advancement and development at PVCC, Brown was nominated due to her outstanding, long-term support of PVCC. She served on the Board of Directors for the PVCC Educational Foundation from 2006 to 2011 and continues to partner regularly with the board in fundraising efforts. Beyond college service, Brown has given generously to the Educational Foundation in many areas including the college’s annual fund, the “Opportunity and Excellence” fundraising campaign, PVCC’s community self-sufficiency programs and student scholarships. Brown is also a member of PVCC’s Carpenter Society, which recognizes individuals that have included PVCC in their estate planning.

“We are honored to recognize Wendy for her extraordinary generosity and exemplary service to our college and our community,” said Frank Friedman, PVCC president. “Wendy has worked tirelessly to promote collaboration among the nonprofit sector in the Charlottesville area, empowering organizations like PVCC, and their community partners, to best utilize their resources and talents to create social change. Wendy’s passion for helping all individuals in our community achieve their fullest potential has been an inspiration to us all.  We are grateful for Wendy’s commitment to our mission of providing quality and accessible education. Wendy’s imprint on our college has made a lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of our students and the entire campus community.”

To learn more about giving opportunities at Piedmont Virginia Community College, visit, or call 434.961.5226.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College

Piedmont Virginia Community College was founded in 1972 and serves residents in the city of Charlottesville, as well as the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Since its founding, more than 223,000 students have taken credit and noncredit classes at PVCC, and the college has awarded more than 14,000 associate degrees and certificates. Learn more by visiting or by calling 434.977.3900.

About the PVCC Educational Foundation

The Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation was established in 1982 to cultivate and provide financial and in-kind support for Piedmont Virginia Community College. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the business, financial, and professional areas in the communities served by the college and of administrative and faculty personnel from the college. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Foundation’s assets are managed by the Board of Directors through the Finance and Investment Committee, and are audited annually by an independent certified public accounting firm. Learn more at 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students. Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s community colleges or regions. For more information, please visit