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COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVOCATE

PROMOTES AFFORDABLE COLLEGE ACCESS When planning for the 50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Community Colleges began in 2015, Joe Daniel, a longtime community college supporter, was eager to step up to co-chair the anniversary fundraising campaign to benefit students seeking academic opportunities and workforce training. “All I can tell you is I love working for Virginia’s Community Colleges — and I love what community colleges do for the commonwealth.” After struggling at college, Daniel attended a UVA branch college in Madison County — a precursor to the community college concept. That decision led him to the McIntyre School of Commerce at UVA and a successful business career.

He and his wife, Linda, helped start Germanna Community College’s foundation board back in the 1980s. Daniel also served on the State Board for Community Colleges from 1996-2001 and was vice chair in 1998-1999. He was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in 2009, and a driving force behind the creation of the Joseph R. Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. Daniel’s passion is reminding students they have an option that minimizes student debt. “Virginia’s Community Colleges have a tremendous impact on people’s lives every day, and we as a community must support this mission.”

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VCCS 50th Anniversary Annual Report