William Bill Sturgis, regional president of PNC Bank, has joined the College of Southern Marylands Foundation Board, which provides support to the college and its students through the funding of scholarships, technology and arts, health/wellness and educational opportunities.
CSM serves an important role in the community, because it provides students with the opportunity to learn about themselves while being active members of the community. The college has an amazing reputation for the quality of its instructors and students. It is the type of college where you can walk across campus and people acknowledge each other with a smile, said Sturgis, who prior to his return to Southern Maryland lived along the Eastern Shore and noted that the colleges reputation is well-known throughout the state.
A resident of Leonardtown, Sturgis is the regional president of PNC, formerly Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank, with 17 branches throughout Southern Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Bankers Association board of directors and the St. Marys Hospital board, and he is a former member of the United Way of St. Marys. He holds degrees from the University of Oklahomas National Commercial Lending School and National Graduate School with specializations in credit and lending, as well as a bachelor degree in business administration marketing from Old Dominion University and an associate in business administration from Wesley College. An active golfer, traveler and reader, Sturgis has two grown daughters.
“Bill [Sturgis] is a great addition to our Foundation Board. He knows and appreciates the important role the college plays in the region. His understanding and commitment to excellence will help the Foundation continue to grow and prosper. We are very fortunate to have his support,” said CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried.
Fundraising is an important part of what the CSM Foundation does but what really resonated with me was the opportunity to assist the college in the creation of a scholarship program to assist students pursuing nursing and allied health care careers, said Sturgis, who noted that PNC recently provided the college with a second $50,000 gift through the banks PNC Match Program.
Each new director brings his or her own unique personal, business and community experience to the CSM Foundation and adds to our continued success through their generous donations of time and commitment to the college. The participation of our members ensures that the dreams and goals of CSMs students are put into closer reach, said Jane Loughran, CSMs director of development, in announcing Sturgis selection as a director.
In the last few years, the CSM Foundation has raised more than:
· $500,000 in private funds to build the St. Charles Children's Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.
· $200,000 in support of athletic equipment and programs.
· $800,000 in scholarships for CSM students.
· $550,000 in matching funds for technology.
For information on the CSM Foundation call 301-934-7649 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7649 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7649 for St. Marys County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7649 for Calvert County or visit http://www.csmd.edu/alumni_foundation/.