Joan and Macon Brock Jr. '64, two of Randolph-Macon College’s most generous benefactors,
were honored recently with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Award for Philanthropy.
(l. to r.) R-MC President Emeritus Roger Martin, William Greer Jr., President of
Virginia Wesleyan College, Joan Brock, Macon Brock Jr. '64, R-MC President Robert
R. Lindgren. The Brocks are shown here with the three presidents with whom they
worked most closely as chairs of their respective boards.
The award was presented on January 6, 2014 during the CIC’s annual Presidents Institute
in Marco Island, Florida. Chris Kimball, chair of the CIC Board of Directors and
president of California Lutheran University, and Richard Ekman, president of CIC,
presented the awards.
The Award for Philanthropy celebrates individuals who demonstrate the love of humankind
through consequential giving and who provide an example of the philanthropic spirit.
In announcing the award, Kimball said the Brocks’ “scholarship funds have helped
thousands of students pursue their dream of a college education and encouraged those
recipients to mentor high school students. As a supporter of 15 private colleges
and universities in Virginia...as well as the Brock Center for the Study of Religious
Freedom and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the Brocks have set a standard
for higher education supporters everywhere.”
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren congratulates the Brocks on
this well-deserved award.
“The Randolph-Macon College community is thrilled that Macon and Joan have been
recognized for their generosity and remarkable leadership,” says Lindgren. “Their
spirit and vision are unmatched, and we applaud this testimony to the impact that
they are making on so many lives.”
Joan and Macon Brock Jr. ’64
Throughout the years, the Brocks have supported R-MC in many ways. The
Brock Sports and Recreation Center, the Brock Residence Hall in
Thomas Branch, and renovations to
Fox and Haley
Halls were all made possible with the help of the Brocks. In addition, the Brocks
Joan and Macon Brock Professorship in Psychology, which is currently held
by Professor Kelly Lambert. Most recently, the Brocks helped facilitate the construction
of the new Brock Commons
student center through their $5 million gift.
Macon Brock served on the R-MC Board of Trustees from 1992-2009 and is a former
member of the college’s Board of Associates. Macon and Joan each chaired, at the
same time, the Board of Trustees of a Virginia residential liberal arts college,
R-MC and Virginia Wesleyan College respectively. In 2009, Macon and Joan Brock each
received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the R-MC. In addition, Macon serves
as chairman of R-MC’s capital campaign, Building Extraordinary,
a $100 million initiative. The Brocks have also provided substantial support to
Virginia Wesleyan College and to Joan’s alma mater, Longwood University, where it
was used to create Brock Commons, the centerpiece of the campus.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent
colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations that has
worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional
excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions
to society. The CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing
services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences,
seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality,
administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. The CIC
also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and
generate contributions for private colleges and universities.