Willie “Bill” McCloud has been named the 2012 Council for Resource Development Benefactor Award recipient. McCloud, who serves on the SPC Foundation Board of Directors, will be honored for his longstanding service on the boards of the St. Petersburg College Alumni Association and the Gibbs Junior College Alumni Association, and for his participation in initiatives that are important to student success.
The CRD Benefactor Award, which has been given since 1993, recognizes individuals, foundations, or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. This year, seven donors who embody the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism were selected to represent the thousands of individuals, foundations and corporations whose philanthropy benefit community colleges around the nation.
In 2006, McCloud helped establish the Gibbs Junior College Alumni Association Scholarship, which has provided financial assistance to more than 30 SPC students at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. He created the Willie (Bill) McCloud/Veolia Transportation Scholarship, a five-year, $50,000 pledge that will play an important role in attracting bright students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
To receive the award, McCloud will attend the Benefactors Banquet during the 46thAnnual Council for Resource Development Conference “Paradigm Shift: Start a Movement” in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10.