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One of the most enduring lessons Ed Steiner ’63 took from Lafayette may have been the value of a good education and how volunteering one’s time can help organizations progress. As chair of the College Board since 2004 at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, which serves the greater Richmond, Va., metropolitan area, the metallurgical engineering graduate has been able to give something back to higher education.

Having recently added the state chairmanship of the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT), he’s also helping to shape decisions that affect nearly two dozen schools in Virginia. ACCT is a nonprofit organization of governing boards representing more than 6,500 elected or appointed trustees who govern 1,200 community colleges in the United States, Canada, and England.

Steiner also serves on the executive committee of Foundation for Virginia.

“It’s a nonprofit lobbying organization focused on assuring appropriate funding levels for Virginia’s five fundamental needs: education, transportation, health care, public safety, and the environment,” he explains.

The long-time AT&T executive held a variety of increasingly responsible roles over his 33-year professional career, including positions as marketing vice president and business unit vice president in his last five years.

In an active retirement as in an active professional life, Steiner draws from lessons received at Lafayette.

“In particular, I remember Dr. [Leon] McGeady, who was the department head of the metallurgical engineering department,” he says, “and his advice that an engineering degree prepares a person to do many things in life. I certainly found that to be true at AT&T and in other aspects of my life.”

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