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John Lawson receives Virginia Tech’s highest honor

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John Lawson receives Virginia Tech’s highest honor


W.M. Jordan President and CEO John Lawson has been awarded Virginia Tech’s highest honor, the William H. Ruffner Medal. The medal, which will be presented at University Commencement on May 12, recognizes individuals who have performed notable and distinguished service to the university. A faculty-staff-student committee selects the awardees who are then approved by the University’s Board of Visitors.

Lawson, who earned his bachelor’s in geophysics from Virginia Tech in 1975, started his career with W.M. Jordan as a field engineer before working his way to president and CEO of the company. Today, W.M. Jordan ranks yearly on the Engineering News Record list of the top 400 contractors and has a portfolio of more than 1,100 projects.

“I can honestly say John genuinely defines everything you could hope for in a leader and mentor,” said Holli Wilson, executive assistant to Lawson, when announcing the news to the company. “(He is) generously philanthropic, forward thinking and sincerely cares for his employees, family, community and alma mater.”

To read more about Lawson’s extensive service and extraordinary philanthropy and community involvement, click here.