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NVCC Educational Foundation, Inc. celebrates NOVA’s 50th anniversary, incoming president at gala event, Sept. 9

Northern Virginia Community College and the NVCC Educational Foundation will host NOVA’s 50th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va.

The gala will be the first public event at which NOVA’s new president, Dr. Scott Ralls, will speak. Ralls was previously president of the North Carolina Community College System, and he accepted the presidency of Northern Virginia Community College in June following the retirement of Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. last spring.

“I am excited to begin my service as president of Northern Virginia Community College,” Ralls said. “NOVA provides a gateway to the American Dream with an impact rivaled by few, if any, institutions in the nation. Arriving at the start the 50th year anniversary, I am well aware that NOVA has been built by pioneering leaders, faculty, staff, board members and supporters on whose shoulders we are today fortunate to stand. I am humbled to be joining this remarkable team and this great college.”

In addition to Ralls’ remarks, Dr. Robert Ballard, director of the Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust will provide keynote remarks.

Ballard is an ocean explorer best known for the 1985 discovery the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and John F. Kennedy's PT-109. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Ballard has 21 honorary degrees and six military awards.

NOVA will present awards to faculty and staff as well as present the inspiring stories of students of Ignite NOVA, an Achieving the Dream national initiative to rally around the common goal of student success.

The Educational Foundation was established in 1979 to raise private financial support to augment programs and existing services and to attract funds to develop new courses and programs. Funds are used to provide various types of support including scholarships, faculty development, program support and capital needs. The Foundation supports more than 200 scholarships and a wide range of academic programs throughout the college's six campuses and the Extended Learning Institute.

NOVA would like to express grateful appreciation to its 2015 event sponsors: Verizon; Barnes & Noble; Moseley Architects; Cox; Pennoni; Burney Company; Dominion; BB&T; Robert C. Lightburn; Cisco/Disys; Coca-cola; Hon. Robert L. Calhoun/Renner & Company, CPA; SLAIT; Intertech; McGladrey; Micron; 7630 Little River Turnpike; AGIR Ltd.; Dell; Inova Health Systems; Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton.

Members of the media who would like to cover the gala must first call NOVA’s Media Relations contact in advance and must show a valid press pass.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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