RICH ROWLEY EARNS REGIONAL PHILANTHROPIST AWARD

10/12/2010

Recognized by Council for Resource Development for his Support of SUNY Orange

PHOTO: Rich RowleyMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In recognition of his support of SUNY Orange’s “Defining Moments” Capital Campaign and his work with the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors, Rich Rowley has been named a regional finalist for The Council for Resource Development’s prestigious Community College Benefactors Award, the only national recognition of philanthropists to two-year higher education institutions.

This CRD national award is given annually to 10 donors who make outstanding contributions to community college efforts, whether it be support for scholarships, faculty and staff professional development programs, equipment acquisition, workforce development programs or bricks and mortar. The national award winners will be recognized at a gala awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5.

The regional finalists and the national winners were nominated and selected by community college personnel from across the country. They represent hundreds of thousands of individuals, corporations, community organizations and other groups who choose to support the nation’s nearly 1,200 community colleges each year.

“These benefactors recognize the value of supporting their local community college,” stated Deb Wilson, president of CRD. “A vast majority of community college students live, work and pay taxes in the community after they graduate. The return on investment is huge.”

As a youngster, Richard Rowley only had to look to his father, Robert, to understand how dedicated volunteers can truly shape a community. Robert Rowley was committed to building a stronger and more dynamic Orange County, which included serving on the Board of Directors of the SUNY Orange Foundation.

Following his father’s example, Rich Rowley serves as vice chair of the Foundation Board and chairs the capital campaign. He embodies his family’s tradition of service to the College, heritage of selflessness and legacy of giving. Even before joining the Foundation, Richard began enhancing that legacy by endowing a scholarship in memory of his parents. When he agreed to chair the capital campaign, he demonstrated his leadership and commitment as he and his wife Marianne pledged the second largest gift in College history: $1 million. His shepherding of the campaign’s efforts has helped the College raise $22 million toward a landmark $25 million campaign goal.

Relying upon his experience as a business entrepreneur, Rowley, president of The Rowley Group of companies, has helped the SUNY Orange Foundation grow stronger by creating its first strategic plan and re-invigorating membership. He also has sought and developed partnerships with local businesses and organizations that will advance the College’s academic programs.

CRD is an education and networking affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges based in Washington, D.C. They represent almost 1600 community college resource development officers at more than 700 two-year colleges across the country. The council supports professionals and develops leaders engaged in community college resource development through education, advocacy and mentoring.


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