Voices of Giving: Dr. Frank and Virginia Stallings
Nominated by: Northern Kentucky University (Awarded Posthumously)
Frank and Virginia Stallings were both highly-esteemed and well-loved members of the Northern Kentucky University faculty.
Frank was part of the legendary group of founding faculty members at NKU. During his tenure, he served as the Chairman of the Literature Department, President of the Friends of Steely Library, and Faculty Regent. He was also the recipient of the university’s distinguished faculty award.
In the words of NKU President Votruba: “Frank will be remembered by all as one of our founding faculty who cared deeply, believed completely and labored tirelessly on behalf of this university.”
Virginia taught graphic design and writing in the department of communication. She was a committed humanist, political activist, and feminist. She served as President of the Staff Congress and made it her mission to ensure that staff be represented as voting members on the Board of Regents – which she accomplished in the late 1990s. Virginia was also instrumental in the creation of the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Award, which is given annually.
The Stallings established the Virginia and Frank Stalling English Scholarship several years ago with proceeds from a bequest they received from a family member. They then added to that scholarship through their own bequest upon Frank’s passing last year.
This generous scholarship will have an immeasurable impact in providing opportunities to Kentucky residents who choose a major in English – an area of study the Stallings were passionate about. The scholarship will certainly perpetuate Virginia and Frank’s legacies by creating and encouraging generations of young writers.
Northern Kentucky University is honored to celebrate the lives and legacy of Frank and Virginia Stallings. The university and all who will benefit from their passionate commitment to the study of literature are deeply indebted and forever grateful.