TNCC to Award Newport News Mayor Joe S. Frank its Fourth Presidential Leadership Award

Published: January 11, 2010

HAMPTON, Va. — Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has selected the Honorable Joe S. Frank, Mayor of Newport News, to receive its Fourth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. As part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances, the award presentation is set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 14 at the Marriott City Center in Newport News.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

A native of Newport News, Frank was elected mayor in 1996 and was the first directly elected mayor in Newport News’ history. He was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He also served an eight-year tenure on the Newport News City Council and was vice mayor from 1988 to 1990, and again in 1996 before becoming mayor.

From 1968 to 1974, he was in the Virginia Army National Guard with the 4th Battalion 111th Artillery. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the Bar in 1967 and has since been a practicing attorney in Newport News specializing in personal injury, corporate and business law, wills, estates, trusts, and condemnation law. He is a member of the Newport News and Virginia Bar associations.

Frank has an extensive record of community service. He chaired the Newport News Democratic Party and was chairman of the Oyster Point Development Corporation.

His other civic affiliations include Hampton Roads Partnership (Board of Directors), Virginia Peninsula Mayors and Chairs (member), Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Task Force (member), Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (chair and vice chair), Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization (chair and vice chair), Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus (chair), Newport News Advisory Committee on Base Realignment and Closure (member) and Homebase of the Virginia Peninsula, Inc. (President, founder, and board member), among numerous others.

Serving Newport News since its establishment in 1967, TNCC has a wide range of strategic partnerships and associations within the city. Through connections with businesses and industries such as Canon Virginia Inc., Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and Ferguson Enterprises, among others, TNCC has played a role in the region’s economic vitality by providing practical hands-on training and education for Newport News citizens. More recently, the 2007 opening of TNCC’s Southeast Higher Education Center at An Achievable Dream Middle & High School expanded access to higher education for the city’s adult learners – an effort Frank strongly supported.

For more information about TNCC’s Presidential Leadership Award, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances, please call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 757-825-2725.


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