U.Va. Curry School of Education Foundation Honors Top Alumni

September 30, 2014

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The awards honor alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen professional fields. Nominations come from members of the Curry School community and professional colleagues; winners are selected by the Curry Foundation Honors and Awards Committee, led by professor emeritus Richard R. Abidin.

The award recipients are invited to a dinner in their honor, to be held Oct. 23.

• The recipient of the Curry School Distinguished Alumni Award is Patricia M. Lampkin, U.Va.’s vice president and chief student affairs officer.

“Pat Lampkin embodies every value we hold for Curry graduates,” said Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School. “Her contributions to the public and community, her exceptional professionalism, her exemplary leadership and her compassion and dedication are each enough to deserve this award. That Pat’s career at U.Va. demonstrates each of these qualities at such a high level is simply remarkable. We are proud to claim her as one of our alumni and are grateful for her contributions to the students of this university.”

Lampkin’s 35 years of service to the University began in 1979 when she was named assistant director for student services. She later became associate director for student services in 1984, assistant dean of students in 1985, associate dean of students in 1987 and associate vice president for student affairs in 1995, before being named vice president and chief student affairs officer in 2002.

Over the course of her career, Lampkin’s achievements have been recognized by numerous honors, awarded both on Grounds and elsewhere. They include the IMP Society’s Distinguished Faculty Award, The Raven Award, The Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award from the U.Va. Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Salve Dignitate Award from the University of Vermont, the Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring from Marian University, the Gordon F. Rainey Jr. Award for Vigilance to the Student Experience from the Serpentine Society, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest faculty award presented by the University.

Lampkin received her doctor of education degree from the Curry School of Education’s higher education administration program in 1986. She completed a master of education degree from the University of Vermont in 1978, and a bachelor of science degree from Marian University in 1976.

Terrell L. Strayhorn, professor of education in The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology, received the Outstanding Alumni Higher Education Faculty Award.

Upon his promotion in June, Strayhorn became the youngest full professor at Ohio State and one of only 45 black full professors at O.S.U., which employs nearly 4,000 tenure-track faculty members.

Additionally, he serves as the chief diversity officer for the College of Education and Human Ecology and as director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity & Academic Success. He is senior research associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Criminal Justice Research Center and Todd Bell National Resource Center.

“From the very beginning, he started to make enormous impact, research-wise and practically, on the campus and then beyond,” said E. Gordon Gee of Strayhorn, who joined the O.S.U. faculty in 2010. Gee is a former president of O.S.U. and current president of West Virginia University. “In a short period of time, he has charted a course of excellence and also charted a course of public discussion about issues of major importance in this country and for higher education.”

Strayhorn is the editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. A prolific writer, he published two books in 2013, “Living at the Intersections: Social Identities and Black Collegians” and “Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research,” and has several books currently in press and in development.

In 2013, Online Schools Ohio listed Strayhorn among the Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio. He has received a number of early career honors for his scholarship, including recognition by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association.

Strayhorn, a 1999 graduate of U.Va., received a Master of Education degree in educational policy studies from the Curry School of Education in 2000. He received his doctor of philosophy degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is currently working on a Master of Studies in Law degree from O.S.U.’s Moritz College of Law.

Lee Browning, principal of the Spotsylvania County Public Schools Career and Technical Center, received the Outstanding Alumni Principal Award.

An educator for more than three decades, Browning was part of the planning and development of a magnet school for gifted and talented students and developed one of Virginia’s first public school distance-learning classrooms. Under his leadership, the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center became the first Career and Technical education school in Virginia to be fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (now Advanc-ED).

“As a leader, Mr. Browning has been an advocate for students, ensuring that they are afforded programs and experiences that prepare them to choose and excel in career pathways,” said S. Scott Baker, superintendent of Spotsylvania County Schools.

“Instrumental in leading and supporting expansion of the CTC programs, Mr. Browning has been a key figure in preparing our students for success in the 21st century. The quality of the instruction, learning experiences, equipment and training at the CTC can be largely attributed to Mr. Browning’s knowledge, planning and ability to cultivate vital business and community partnerships.”

Browning became the center’s assistant principal in 1992 and has been its principal since 2000. He was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators in 2011 and by the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education in 2012.

Browning earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Curry School of Education in 1979, with a major in health and physical education. He earned a Master of Science degree in athletic administration from Ohio University in 1981 while serving as an assistant football coach.

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