Doug Campbell, of Strasburg, graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) in 1992 with an associate degree in arts and sciences, with a concentration in science. Campbell said that LFCC gave him the foundation he needed as he moved ahead with his education and into his career.
Campbell grew up in Winchester and graduated from Handley High School in 1987. In 1990, he enrolled at LFCC. After graduating in 1992, he spent three years of active duty with the U.S. Army, and he then enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1995.
He earned a degree from Virginia Tech in 1998 in science of food and nutrition, which is a five-year pre-medical program. Shortly thereafter, Campbell began working for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Roanoke as a consumer safety officer.
Campbell had praise for LFCC's instructors, especially Ernie Grisdale, an assistant professor who teaches and manages the chemistry program.
"What I learned in my chemistry and biology classes at LFCC put me in good stead to study advanced levels at Virginia Tech," Campbell said. "Everything I had taken for two years at LFCC was able to transfer to Virginia Tech with no problems at all."
As a consumer safety officer for the FDA, Campbell works at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He works with a team that manages and monitors the international inspection program for pharmaceuticals, and he often travels overseas to conduct inspections.
"It's a pretty active program, and it's growing all the time," Campbell said.
Campbell said that when he was taking his biology and chemistry classes, he did not at first consider the possibility that he would be using this knowledge on an everyday basis.
"But, I apply these disciplines all the time, and it started at LFCC," he said.
Another benefit Campbell said he received from LFCC was the ability to create a well-rounded curriculum. Whenever he had the opportunity, he took literature and art courses as electives.
"They had a very strong humanities program, and the professors there were strong," Campbell said. "Judging against professors I had later in life, I was struck by how solid it was."
Campbell also noted the money that can be saved by attending community college.
"To look back now and think what I paid for the education that I received there, it's amazing, because you could afford to pay the entire tuition over the course of a semester," he said. "With prices for college the way they are today, it makes LFCC an even better deal than it was back then."
He also commented on how much the College has expanded in recent years.
"It was a great place then [in the early 1990s], and I can't believe how big it is now and how much has been added to it," he said.
Campbell is married and has a 16-year-old son. In his spare time, he is a musician and also enjoys gardening.
Campbell's advice to prospective LFCC students is to find a skill they can market and to take advantage of all that LFCC has to offer.
"I certainly benefited greatly from LFCC," he said.