Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 8, 2014

SWCC receives $4 million gift from Buchanan Estate

RICHLANDS, Va. — Southwest Virginia Community College recently learned that the college is the recipient of a multimillion-dollar gift from the estate of Carol Phipps Buchanan of Wise County, Va., who died in 2011.

The gift to SWCC amounts to approximately $4 million, according to a press release from the college. SWCC is one of three institutions of higher learning that received monetary gifts from the Buchanan Estate. UVA Wise received a $1 million gift in 2012 and used those funds to fund a chair in biology at the college.

“The gift to SWCC will be used to support new initiatives that will benefit our students, staff and the community at large,” Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC, was quoted in a press release as stating. “We are so grateful for Mrs. Buchanan’s desire to promote education for the people of this region.”

The gift from the Buchanan Estate comes at a time when SWCC is completing its Major Gifts Campaign — the SWCC No Limits Campaign. The campaign is designed to provide funding for three community-driven initiatives including workforce development, academic excellence and scholarships for “Access to Success.”

Buchanan was a daughter of Dr. Rufus L. Phipps and the wife of Dr. John C. Buchanan. Her husband was a former Virginia state senator who sponsored the first state statute that provided workers’ compensation for coal miners who suffer from coal workers pneumoconiosis, better known as black lung disease. Her husband also worked as a physician in Wise, Va., from 1971 until his death in 1991.

Mrs. Buchanan served as a trustee on the Columbus Phipps Foundation until her death in 2011 at the age of 86.

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