Gift from environmental company honors past president and retired trustee

January 06, 2011

McDaniel College has been awarded a $50,000 gift from World Resources Company in honor of President Emerita Joan Develin Coley and Trustee Emeritus M. Lee Rice ’48, Sc.D. ’83 (hon.).

Coley retired in June 2010 after a decade as president and nearly four decades as a distinguished educator and administrator at the selective private liberal arts college. McDaniel’s first female president and first to be promoted from the faculty ranks, she led the college through major growth that included a comprehensive re-positioning and name change from Western Maryland College, a new global curriculum, extensive campus improvements and its most ambitious fund-raising campaign.

Rice has served the college as a trustee since 1980, leading the board as chair from 1991-1996. Most recently he chaired the Carpe Diem Campaign committee. The college’s most ambitious and successful campaign, Carpe Diem closed Dec. 31, 2009, with over $77 million toward the $65 million goal.

The World Resources Company gift will endow scholarships for deserving students from Baltimore City by providing $50,000 in matching funds toward a $500,000 challenge grant awarded in the spring of 2008 by the France-Merrick Foundation in Baltimore to establish the France-Merrick Scholars Program. By January 2011, the college had raised nearly $337,000 in endowed funds to meet the challenge grant.

McDaniel also received a $200,000 five-year commitment grant in May of 2009 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to provide direct scholarship aid each year to Baltimore City students with financial need.  The first five Jessie Ball duPont Fund scholarship recipients entered McDaniel College in the fall of 2009, and the second five recipients enrolled in the fall of 2010.

World Resources Company (WRC), an environmental risk management company based in McLean, Va., provides management recycling technology solutions to conserve energy and support sustainability by reducing the energy consumption required to produce metals and minerals that are returned to the mainstream of commerce, according to the WRC Web site. Founded in 1976, WRC serves more than 1,500 companies in more than 40 countries, including 41 U.S. states.

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 Colleges that Change Lives and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,700 undergraduates and 1,500 part-time graduate students, McDaniel’s spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., is an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, the Amtrak station and Baltimore-Washington international airport.