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LFCC welcomes new director of development

By Kim Walte - kwalter@nvdaily.com

Liv Heggoy, who has worked at Lord Fairfax Community College since Sept. 2010, has been appointed to the position of director of development and executive eirector of the LFCC Educational Foundation.

Heggoy has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and higher education. For more than 10 years, she served as the vice president of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, and in that position she worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia General Assembly.

Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley two years ago, Heggoy has become a board member of the Frederick County Rotary Club, the Shenandoah Arts Council and People Inc.

"Well, classes just started a few weeks ago, but it's already so good to see the diversity of the students," Heggoy said.

Heggoy's position with the community college is vital in that it strengthens partnerships between the school and donors, businesses and surrounding communities.

"It's so important for community members to invest in the school and students," she said. "We're training a majority of the work force for this area."

Heggoy said she'll continue to work with faculty and staff to help make the case for donations to the foundation. She is also looking forward to breaking ground on the school's new student union.

"We've seen increased enrollment in recent years from the 18 to 24 age group, so a place for them to meet and socialize on campus is important," she said of the union.

Heggoy noted that now is a "great time" to work for a community college.

"LFCC is the fastest growing community college in the state, and that speaks volumes of how much we've done to accommodate our students without an increase in state funding," she said. "It's all about providing that personal attention."

Heggoy is currently working on one of the college's major fundraisers, the Annual Shrimp Feast. The event will include an open tiki bar, the crowning of Miss-ter Shrimp Feast 2012, and of course, good food. Tickets are on sale for $50 a person, or $300 for a table of six, and proceeds benefit the LFCC Foundation.

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