Rouse Chairman Deering wins HCC board's service award

January 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Howard Community College board of trustees yesterday gave its annual Award for Outstanding Service to Anthony W. Deering, chairman and chief executive officer of the Rouse Co.

Board Chairman Roger Caplan commended Deering for "generous and continued support for the college over the years."

In 2000, Deering supported the college's first fund-raising campaign by partnering with Bank of America to provide $100,000 to the Rouse Scholars Program. It offers financial aid, honors courses, leadership opportunities and cultural and recreational activities to talented students.

Last year, on behalf of the Rouse Co., Deering pledged $350,000 to benefit construction of a Visual and Performing Arts Instructional Building, construction of which is to begin in the spring. It was one of the largest gifts from the company to a community institution. Deering also speaks to legislators about supporting HCC.

"He helped shed light on the future of our institution," Caplan said.

Deering said the financial gifts were the work of many colleagues, and that they are happy to help. The school "makes a huge contribution to the whole region," he said. "They continue to have very innovative programs here."

He also said the growth of the campus is important. "That's what prospective students mostly see," he said.

He noted that the Rouse Co. has been involved with HCC from its beginning. The company sold the school the land to build its campus for $5 in 1968.

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