FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration today with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at Winchester Hall in Downtown Frederick, the original home of Hood College.
Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine spoke about the College’s partnership with the Frederick community over the years and how Hood has changed and grown, and Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner spoke about the history of Winchester Hall, where the Woman’s College of Frederick held its first class on Sept. 12, 1893.
President Chapdelaine also announced Hood’s new Martha Church Center for Civic Engagement, which will be located in Root, Frederick County’s center for innovation and business growth, at 118 North Market Street. The Center for Civic Engagement, supported by a gift in honor of president emerita Martha Church at the time of her retirement, will serve as the face of Hood in Frederick, facilitating connections with government, businesses, nonprofits and other community organizations.
“Through the work of this center, we will better meet the educational and workforce needs of our community, expand internship and research opportunities for our students, and increase our civic and service participation,” said Chapdelaine. “All institutions of higher education must be a force of hope, opportunity, obligation and democracy. Hood has been this for 125 years, and we are excited to do even more in the next 125 years.”