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Date: October 19, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College Foundation Launches Public Campaign to Raise $25 Million
Kickoff Event Recognizes the Generous Support Given By Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends of the College; Celebration Marks Renaming of Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center in Honor of Former President

Today, the Montgomery College Foundation will launch a public, two-year capital campaign to raise $25 million in private support for the community college, which is Maryland’s second largest institution of undergraduate education in the state. The Montgomery College Campaign marks the largest fundraising effort ever at a Maryland community college.

The funds raised will support student access through scholarships, faculty excellence, the improvement or construction of facilities, and the creation of innovative programs and new curricula.

“Montgomery College is an extraordinary college that helps every day to transform the lives of our students and, in turn, our community and our world,” said Dr. Brian K. Johnson, president of Montgomery College. “One of the main reasons we can do this is because we have incredibly generous donors who are so passionate about helping to ensure that our students succeed. And ultimately, that is what the Montgomery College Campaign is all about.”

The Foundation recently completed a two-year silent phase of the campaign, which resulted in $15.8 million in support of Montgomery College. The campaign kickoff event will honor the generosity of faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College. Among the major donors who have supported the campaign in its early stages are The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, which donated $3 million to support the new visual arts center at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The Montgomery College Foundation also received $1 million from the late Gordon Macklin, former president of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Themed “Celebrating Endless Possibilities,” the campaign is led by co-chairs Dr. Greg Prince, president and CEO of Virion Systems, and Anne Gunsteens, executive director of The J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Under the current leadership of Foundation Board Chair Doug Firstenberg, the Montgomery College Foundation ranks among the top ten in private sector fundraising, among community colleges.

At the campaign kickoff event, the College will celebrate the longstanding support of retired Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley. In honor of Dr. Nunley, the College will rename the Student Services Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus as the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center.

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses at Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, in Montgomery County, Maryland. It also provides a broad array of continuing education and training opportunities for the business community and local residents, through noncredit courses and programs offered through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education division. Montgomery College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

The Montgomery College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by business, alumni, and community leaders to enhance the work of Montgomery College to a level of excellence comparable to the finest colleges and universities across the country. Through advocacy, influence, and financial support, these volunteer leaders work to ensure understanding of and commitment to the community college philosophy of opportunity, inclusion, and educational achievement for all.

To support the Montgomery College Campaign, visit or call the Montgomery College Office of Institutional Advancement at 240-567-7900.

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