John Lawson, of Newport News, Virginia, is the 2017 recipient of the William H. Ruffner Medal, Virginia Tech's highest honor.
The medal recognizes individuals who have performed notable and distinguished service to the university. It is presented at University Commencement each year. This year's event is scheduled for May 12 at 8:30 a.m. in Lane Stadium.
Lawson is president and CEO of W.M. Jordan Company, which ranks yearly on the Engineering News Record list of top 400 contractors and has a portfolio of more than 1,100 projects. He started his career at the company as a field engineer, shortly after earning his bachelor's in geophysics from Virginia Tech in 1975.
Along with his wife, Paige, Lawson is a charter member of the President's Circle within the Ut Prosim Society, a distinction reserved for Virginia Tech's most generous supporters. He is a namesake of the university's Myers-Lawson School of Construction, in recognition of his extraordinary philanthropy, and co-chaired The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future, which concluded in 2011 after surpassing its $1 billion goal.
Congratulations Mr. Lawson!
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