Former Rector of Virginia Tech, John Rocovich Receives Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia College Fund is thrilled to have awarded John Rocovich, former Rector of Virginia Tech, with the Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award for his outstanding service and contribution to The Virginia College Fund on Wednesday, June 23 at their 56th annual board meeting hosted by Woods Rodgers PLC in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award was created by The Virginia College Fund Board of Directors to honor the late Dr. William E. Pearson’s service to the Fund and his dedication towards creating opportunities for higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The award is given to those who have demonstrated similar passion and dedication to creating equal opportunity for higher education for all in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia College Fund would also like to recognize and congratulate the board members who have been reelected for the 2021-2024 term: Mr. Frederick V. Martin, Mr. Larry L. Parks, Mr. Roy E. Bucher, Jr., Mr. Adam T. Peachee, Harold E. Johnson and Mr. Brad N. Hall. As well as welcome and congratulate the newly elected board members for the 2021-2024 term: former First Lady of Virginia, Jeannie Baliles, former City manager of Danville, Jerry L. Gwaltney,
former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, The Honorable Karen R. Jackson and Benefits Consultant, Christian Mosier.

About The Virginia College Fund

The Virginia College Fund (The VCF) is currently in its 56th year of supporting higher education in Virginia. The mission for The Virginia College Fund is to provide our member institutions the resources to ensure their students have access to an affordable, value-based education that prepares them for success in the global economy. The VCF has several new initiatives and collaborations on the horizon. We are working hard to broaden our footprint, therefore offering more resources and more opportunities to the students at our member colleges. All the new efforts will offer students avenues to continue their education at other universities, exposure, and introduction to unique, high paying jobs in the work force; all options a student from rural Virginia with limited resources might not have. The Virginia College Fund is moving forward and changing to help our schools and most importantly help the students. For more information or to donate, visit or call 1-800-992-8063.