Elliott Award Recognizes Excellence in Instruction at RCC

 Dr. Ralph D. Elliott, a Richmond County native and a 1962 Warsaw High School graduate, recently established an award at the RCC Educational Foundation to annually recognize excellence in workforce credential and continuing education instruction. The Dr. Ralph D. Elliott Award for Outstanding Service to Workforce Credentialing and Continuing Education recognizes an instructor for service as an excellent teacher or mentor; development or coordination of model programs; and, opening new avenues for the advancement of credential or continuing education.

Dr. Elliott began his academic career at the University of Lynchburg and later transferred to N.C. State University after receiving a full scholarship from the Virginia Elastic Corporation of Tappahannock. After N.C. State, Dr. Elliott built his academic career at Clemson University where he was Director of Professional Development, Associate Dean for Executive Education, and Vice Provost for Off-Campus, Distance and Continuing Education. At the same time, he worked through the academic ranks from Assistant to Associate and on to full Professor of Economics. Following his career at Clemson, he worked with Auburn University’s Outreach Division as Senior Advisor to the Vice President. Through his career, Dr. Elliott has been a nationally recognized advocate of workforce development and continuing education.

The 2022 award is presented posthumously to Dr. Jason E. Perry, who passed away on June 6, 2021. Dr. Perry was a committed educator, teaching at both North Stafford High School in Stafford and St. Clare Walker Middle School in Middlesex. He then served as an assistant principal of Middlesex Elementary School and later as the CTE Coordinator for Gloucester County Schools. He then moved to higher education, working at Rappahannock Community College as the Vice President of Workforce Development and eventually as Vice President of Learning.

RCC President, Dr. Shannon Kennedy said, “We are grateful to Dr. Elliott for his generosity in establishing this award and understanding the impact of credential and continuing education programs on this community. It’s so fitting for Dr. Perry to posthumously receive this first award. He made a huge impact on expanding the RCC workforce program. Our college community greatly misses him.”

An award plaque will be dedicated at the RCC Warsaw campus workforce suite on Tuesday, May 24 at 2:00 pm.  Please RSVP here or call 804-333-6705 if interested in attending.