As we reflect on all we are grateful for during this time of year, I am reminded of how thankful we are for our location and for the incredible opportunities we enjoy as Virginia Beach's oldest residential university.
We have our founders and early supporters to thank for our exceptional location, including Trustee Emeritus Robert "Bob" H. DeFord, Jr., who sadly passed away on October 29. Bob led the Board of Trustees through the University's formative years, serving as chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, preserving and enhancing our picturesque campus. He remained unwavering in his support of VWU until his passing at the age of 89. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeFord family.
Our location is enhanced by our beautiful park-like campus and wonderful facilities. Virginia Wesleyan was once again featured in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges. Tom and Betty Broyles Field at TowneBank Park was named the top field in NCAA Division III by the NFCA/ Netting Professionals.
Thanks to our incredible location and high-impact academic offerings, we attract top students, faculty, staff, and meaningful community partners. We recently welcomed Joseph P. Ruddy '83, chief operations officer for Virginia International Terminals (VIT), to the Board of Trustees. We shared the insights and highlights of Marlin life with prospective students on Marlins Day. We celebrated with old friends and new during our Homecoming and Family Weekend. We launched a custom course on sustainability with a high-caliber partner.
Everywhere we look on campus, there is beauty to be found as the leaves change from green to gold to red. Before the busy holiday season is upon us, we hope you take time to admire and reflect on nature's awesome work.