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Broward College Celebrates Hall of Distinction

Broward College Celebrates Hall of Distinction Inducteesand Endowed Teaching Chair Recipients

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Friday, September 30, 2016) - Broward College inducted six alumni into its Hall of Distinction and recognized five faculty members who received Endowed Teaching Chairs at its September 23 breakfast, “Broward College Hall of Distinction: Recognizing Excellence within and beyond the Classroom.”  

“We are so proud to recognize these six outstanding alumni for their valuable contributions to our community,” said Nancy R. Botero, executive director of the Broward College Foundation and vice president for advancement for Broward College. “They join an illustrious list of honored alumni which includes a state governor, a New York Times best-selling author, and representatives from a wide range of professions. We offer heartfelt congratulations to each Hall of Distinction inductee.”

Chosen for contributions to their professions, service to the College or service to the community, the Hall of Distinction inductees included:

Ÿ Amos Ford, Brandage, LLC, CEO and Founder, Tofani  Product Manager, Service to the College
Ÿ Michael S. Long, Broward Partnership Chief Development Officer, Lighthouse Point City Commissioner, Community Service
Ÿ Taren Ruggiero, Holy Cross Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Professional Merit
Ÿ Scott Russell, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Captain, Professional Merit
Ÿ Kingman D. Schuldt, Greater Naples Fire Rescue District Fire Chief and District Administrator, Professional Merit
Ÿ Cheryl-Dene Spring, Managing Partner of Solaris Law Group, P.A., Professional Merit

In addition to the Hall of Distinction recognitions, the breakfast celebrated the Endowed Teaching Chair recipients, recognizing outstanding teaching and commitment to academic excellence. 

“We were the first community college in the nation to raise private dollars to recognize outstanding teaching, service to the College and commitment to academic excellence through our Endowed Teaching Chair Program,” said Dr. Linda Howdyshell, college provost and senior vice president for academics and student success. “It has since become a wonderful tradition at Broward College.”

Faculty members who received an Endowed Teaching Chair were: 

Ÿ Dr. Edward Cornejo, SunTrust Bank Endowed Teaching Chair
Ÿ Dr. Vanessa Hormann, Gaddis Corporation Endowed Teaching Chair
Ÿ Dr. Vijay Parkash, Waste Management Endowed Teaching Chair
Ÿ Professor Mariah Reed, Children’s Opportunity Group Endowed Teaching Chair
Ÿ Assistant Professor Kelly Walker, Presidential Endowed Teaching Chair


About the Broward College Foundation
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