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For Immediate Release

Pulaski attorney honored by state community colleges


Pulaski attorney Thomas J. McCarthy, Jr., has been recognized with a state award for exemplary service as a member of the New River Community College Local Board. At a recent meeting of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges held at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, he was presented the 2010 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service.

Nathaniel X. Marshall, Virginia Community College System (VCCS) board chair, announced the award and introduced McCarthy to the audience of presidents, administrators and board members from Virginia’s 23 community colleges.

McCarthy has served the NRCC local board in three different decades (1980-88, 1996-2004 and at present, having been re-appointed earlier this year). He has also served on the NRCC Educational Foundation Board.

“Tom has served as both chairman and vice chairman of the board, and has consistently been a key contributor, providing insightful leadership while demonstrating loyal and passionate support for both the college and the state’s community college system,” says Dr. Jack Lewis, NRCC president. “We are very pleased that Tom McCarthy is being recognized by his peers in this way.”

McCarthy is a partner in the Pulaski law firm of Gilmer, Sadler, Ingram, Sutherland & Hutton. He was nominated for the award by NRCC board member Hugh W. Huff, III, and board chair, Dr. Linda Petrie.

He is a lifelong resident of Pulaski County and has long been an active participant in community life in the New River Valley. He joined the law firm in 1970 and became a partner in 1975. Some of his affiliations have included the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Pulaski County Rotary Club, Pulaski County Democratic Committee and Elks Club. He has also been active in a number of professional associations including the Pulaski County Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Law Foundation and member of the Virginia State Bar. On the state level, he is a member of the Virginia Council of School Attorneys and served as chairman of that group in 2008-2009.

McCarthy is affectionately known as “Mr. Board” for his long-standing, dedicated and multi-faceted service both on the NRCC local board and NRCC Educational Foundation Board. In addition to serving the college on boards, he consistently supports other college-related activities including attending graduation ceremonies, scholarship events, planning workshops and a variety of other events.

In his nominating remarks, Hugh Huff says, “I have been impressed with his outstanding leadership capabilities. I think he has proved to be an ‘ideal’ board member… demonstrating a genuine passion for serving students and the community.”
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