2005 Recipient - Dr. David M. Gring
David M. Gring holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College, and both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. He began his career in education as assistant professor of biology at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, followed by a 13-year tenure (the latter 10 years as Vice President for Academic Affairs) at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. In 1989, he was named president of Roanoke College and served in that role until his retirement in 2004. He is currently a member of the President’s Consultation Service (Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, D.C.); and an adjunct professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and the Institute for Governance and Accountabilities at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Gring serves, or has served, on many boards including North Cross School; Blue Ridge Public Television; Virginia Business Editorial Advisory Board; The Governor’s Task Force on Tax Reform; Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges; Council of College Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, D.C.
Among his honors, Gring was a Bush Summer Leadership Fellow, received the J.L.K. Preus Leadership Award presented by the American Lutheran Church, and attended The Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and is a fellow in the Society for Values in Higher Education. In addition, he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow 2003 Award by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He and his wife, Susan, have two children and three grandchildren and reside at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Virginia.
“If I can help pique my students’ interest in research and scientific careers, I feel that I have done my job as a professor to promote an extended education,” Dr. Balasubramanian says.