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Dr. Frank FriedmanDr. Frank Friedman, President

Frank Friedman has served as President of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1999. As President, he provides leadership and management for an institution of 5,500 students, 180 full-time faculty and staff, and a budget of over $30 million.

Dr. Friedman has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. Prior to becoming President of PVCC in 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of Austin Community College in Texas. He has experience as a chief academic officer, chief student services officer, director of institutional research and planning, and as a faculty member in psychology and education.

Dr. Friedman has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College. 

Dr. Friedman has served on national higher education advisory commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges and The College Board. He served six years as a board member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and served three years as the elected Virginia representative to the 13-member Executive Council of the Commission. Among his accomplishments are being named a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, recognition by Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and receiving the Community Service Award by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council in 2005. In 2014, he was honored with a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges. The award recognized his encouragement and promotion of scholarship, leadership and service among PVCC students, which are core goals of PTK. In 2018 he received the Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

In Charlottesville, Dr. Friedman is on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, and the Blue Morning Social Entrepreneurship group. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

His wife, Sue, is Executive Director of the Jefferson School Foundation in Charlottesville. They have one son, Alex, a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia.

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Dr. Frank Friedman, President