Richland Community College Foundation honors former president with Howard Brown Society


DECATUR – The Richland Community College Foundation is creating a new giving program called The Howard Brown Society, both to honor the memory of the former college president and celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary.

Dr. Howard Brown was an active man in the Decatur community. In just four years serving as President of the College (1985-1989), he and his team both established a permanent location for the college and brought the Foundation to its full potential.

In his memoir, Dr. Howard Brown stated, “One of my proudest accomplishments at Richland was to resurrect the College Foundation and raise approximately three and a half millions of dollars before I retired from the College.”

To honor Brown’s vision and celebrate Richland’s 50th Anniversary, the Richland Community College Foundation is announcing the Howard Brown Society with a goal of increasing philanthropic revenues by supporting operational needs, student success and capital priorities. The Foundation has set a goal of inducting 50 inaugural members into the Howard Brown Society. By reaching this goal, we aim to continue the growth that President Brown symbolized when he led Richland Community College.

As part of Richland’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Foundation is aiming to induct 50 inaugural members into the Howard Brown Society to provide financial support for multiple areas at Richland Community College, including supporting operational needs, student success and capital priorities.

Membership begins with an annual gift of $5,000 or a $10,000 endowed pledge paid over a three-year period. Based on the level of giving, members will have unique stewardship opportunities. Gifts to the Foundation and the Howard Brown Society are tax-deductible as allowed by federal income tax law.

Julie Melton, Executive Director of the Richland Community College Foundation, shared that “the Howard Brown Society will continue the vision of former President Howard E. Brown and change the lives of generations of Richland students for years to come.” 

For more information on joining the Howard Brown Society, visit www.richland.edu/HBS or contact the Richland Community College Foundation at 217-875-7200 ext. 6209.

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