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Seven elected to board of associates

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Seven new members have been elected to the Hood College Board of Associates.

Elected to serve a three-year term are: Nikki Swartzlander Bamonti of Frederick, senior account manager, Clear Channel Communications; Gary Buchanan of Basking Ridge, N.J., vice president AmWINS Brokerage of New York; John Chickering of Franklin, Mass., vice president, Fidelity Investments; Theresa Coles of Frederick, deputy director, Career Transition Services, Military Officers Association of America; Kathie Jackovitz Harrington of New York, N.Y., former director of annual giving, Morristown-Beard School; Jim Olson of Thurmont, Md., executive officer, principal assistant for research and technology, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Doug Selby of Frederick, president, Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc.

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. Alumnae and alumni, parents and friends of Hood from throughout the region comprise the board of associates, whose members 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 fund-raising programs at Hood. Since 1986, members have contributed more than $1 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 $625,000 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.