Alumna & Supporter Earns National Service Award

by Alana J. Mauger

The Council for Resource Development (CRD) has recognized Montgomery County Community College alumnus and long-time supporter Maureen Thompson, Lansdale, with its 2011 Community College Benefactors Award.

The award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in service of community, technical and junior colleges. Maureen was one of 10 donors from across the country selected by CRD for recognition from over 75 nominations. 

Maureen has dedicated more than 20 years of her career in service to Montgomery County Community College, first as a student, and later as a leader and a philanthropic supporter.

As a student, Maureen pursued her education while raising her family and engaging in community and college leadership roles. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa international honors society and the Meridian Club for non-traditional students at the College, while serving as a homeroom parent, swim-team official, and girl scout troupe leader in the community.

After graduating in 1989, Maureen returned to the College as a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She served the Board for 10 years, including four years as Board chairman. During her tenure, Maureen worked tirelessly to develop programming that highlights successful alumni and to raise scholarship support for the College’s students.

Maureen was instrumental is the creation of the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame, to which 58 alumni have been inducted to date. In 2010, she joined their ranks and was inducted into this prestigious group for her tremendous volunteer contributions to the College and community.

Maureen also helped to establish the Alumni Association’s first-ever 5K race, “Strides for Scholarships,” which raises funds for student scholarships and promotes awareness of unmet student financial need. In its second year, she continues to serve as race director for this growing alumni initiative.

As strong patrons of the arts, Maureen and her husband Bill, took a leadership role in the College’s first-ever capital campaign, “Courage to Create,” which supports fine arts facilities and programing. Their generous lead gift helped to launch the campaign and to build momentum for others to follow. Maureen and Bill are also “Friends of the Galleries” supporters, and their gifts help to support art exhibitions at both of the College’s campuses throughout the year.

Last year, Maureen was appointed to the College’s Foundation Board of Directors, applying her enthusiasm, leadership and networking skills to enhance the College’s annual and major gift programs.

In addition to an associate’s degree from the College, Maureen holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Women’s Studies and a master’s degree in Women’s History from Temple University.

The Council for Resource Development, representing over 1,500 community college resource development officers at more than 700 two-year colleges, is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Council for Resource Development supports professionals and develops leaders engaged in community college resource development through education, advocacy and mentoring.

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