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Dec. 1: New members named to Board of Associates

Thursday, December 1, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College Board of Associates met recently and elected seven new members.

Joining the board are Elizabeth Anderson Comer ’77, Baltimore, principal, EAC/Archaeology; Joyce Draper, Frederick, principal, Draper & McGinley Public Accountants; Jason Lee, Frederick, CEO, Lee Building Maintenance; Jim Racheff , M.S.’93, MBA’02, LHD’12, Frederick, chairman and CEO, Data Management Services, Inc.; Dorianna Colon Rice ’88, Frederick, personnel security, U.S. Department of Justice; Kristin Woods ’92, East Amherst, N.Y., assistant vice president for alumni engagement, University at Buffalo; and Deborah Christ Zourdos ’73, Bethesda, civic leader.

The board also welcomed back two members who had taken leaves of absence, Jewel K. Smith ’96 and Diane Poole Laughlin, giving the board a membership of 57 enthusiastic local and regional leaders. As part of orientation, President Andrea Chapdelaine and Hood’s senior leadership team presented an overview of the state of the College.

The Board of Associates, organized in 1954, meets twice a year and serves in an advisory capacity to the president and to the Hood College Board of Trustees, the governing body of the College. Alumni, parents and friends of Hood from throughout the region comprise the association. They support the College financially and share their time, talent and experience to benefit Hood, its students and the greater Frederick community of which the College is a part.

Members support a wide range of fundraising programs at Hood. In the past 10 years, past and present members have contributed nearly $6 million to Hood in support of student scholarships, academics and athletics. Board members have also raised funds to support professional development grants for faculty and staff, awarding more than $700,000 through the McCardell Professional Development Grants program that was established by the board in 1980. The board also raised more than $120,000 to establish an endowed fund for student scholarships and has recently established a new scholarship focusing on leadership skills.

The board will meet again in April 2017.