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  • Roanoke College honors Wayne Tripp with annual Charles Brown award

  • 10/15/08
  • SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's twelfth Charles Brown Award was bestowed upon Dr. N. Wayne Tripp during a ceremony on the Salem campus October 9. The award recognizes annually a citizen of Salem who has contributed significantly to the quality of life in the city. Recipients have made distinguished contributions in their professional lives, but more importantly, they have gone beyond their professional settings to make Salem a better place to live.

    Tripp has served a long and distinguished career in education. He is a native of Craig County where he graduated from New Castle High School. He went on to earn a B.A. with distinction from Virginia Tech, majoring in history. He completed his Master's in educational administration and supervision at Radford University, received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Virginia Tech in 1993 and his Doctor of Education degree from Tech in 1995.

    Tripp served as superintendent of Salem schools for 17 ½ years. Prior to being named superintendent, he served as director of instruction in Salem, interim principal for West Salem Elementary School, principal at Covington and Lancaster high schools and assistant principal of New Castle High School. He was director of federal programs for Craig County Public Schools and also taught English and history there. He coached football, basketball and baseball.

    In 2003, Tripp was named Superintendent of the Year in his region and also was named the 2004 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He is currently a clinical assistant professor at Virginia Tech, teaching master's level and doctoral degree courses. Tripp also does consulting work in his field and serves as president of the Salem Educational Foundation, an organization that awards 80 scholarships to Salem High seniors each year.

    Tripp has served the greater educational community in many other capacities, including as an adjunct instructor at Radford University and as a member of numerous professional organizations, including the University of Virginia's Advisory Board to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Virginia Economic Bridge Governing Board and the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the American Association of School Administrators, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He is a life member of the Virginia Parent Teachers Association.

    Even with all of those responsibilities, Tripp has found time for community involvement. He is a member Salem Rotary Club, the Century Club, the Horace Mann League and First United Methodist Church. Dr. Tripp resides in Salem with his wife, Joan, who teaches second grade at Fort Lewis Elementary School in Roanoke County. They have two sons, Matthew, a second year student at Roanoke College, and Benjamin, City Planner for Salem; and a daughter-in-law, Annie, who is manager of the Hollins Branch Library in Roanoke County. Both Benjamin and Annie are Roanoke College graduates.

    The exemplar for this award is Dr. Charles Brown, the first true dean of Roanoke College and the only College employee to serve the city as mayor. Dr. Brown was an outstanding leader of the College, and he distinguished himself as an educator and public servant.

    Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

    For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

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