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Joan and Macon Brock Jr. '64 Receive CIC Award

Jan 20, 2014

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.

Roger Martin, William Greer Jr., Joan Brock, Macon Brock Jr., and Robert R. Lindgren.

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.

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 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 endowed the 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.