Before introducing Barbara Fried, for whom Germanna Community College’s new center in Stafford County is named, Germanna President Janet Gullickson wanted to offer a personal thank-you.

“Many of you know how hard it was—and is—to be a professional woman,” Gullickson said during a ceremony Thursday morning to officially dedicate the Barbara J. Fried Center.

Turning to address Fried, Gullickson continued, “I can only imagine how hard it was for you to do what you did and for that, I just want to thank you.”