ASHEBORO (Nov. 16, 2018)
Randolph Community College’s Welcome Center was renamed the Ann Hoover Welcome Center in honor of RCC Foundation board member and longtime College supporter Ann Hoover in a ceremony Friday afternoon on the Asheboro Campus.
As the presentation was a surprise to the honoree, the banner covering up the new name was unveiled before RCC President Dr. Robert Shackleford Jr. spoke. “When Bill (Hoover) first came to me to talk about this, he came with love in his heart and said, ‘I want to do something special for Ann. I know how much she loves the College,’ ” Shackleford said. “When I showed Bill the idea, I brought him out of my office and it was Fall Fling. There was all this activity, people going in and out of this door. I said, ‘Bill, what do you see?’ He said, ‘I see a lot of students and I see the Welcome Center.’ I said, ‘That’s not what I see. I see the Ann Hoover Welcome Center.’ And tears started flowing and he said, ‘I see it, too.’
“We were both so excited with the idea of putting Ann’s name on such an important part of our campus. Every student who comes to start school here at RCC has to come to this building. Student Services — including registration, records, financial aid, student activities, and even the student lounge — are all right here in this building. This is the gateway to the College for our students. We could not think of a better person to be the gateway, with outstretched arms, than Ann Hoover.”
Hoover has been on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2008. While on the Board, she has served as president (2013-15), vice president, co-chair of Dancing with the Randolph Stars committee, and a member of the membership and investment committees. She was a member of the Board during the first Friends and Family Campaign that boasted 100 percent participation.
Longtime RCC supporter, Ann Hoover.
“Ann always goes the extra mile when she has a project,” Shackleford said. “She even dressed up like a pirate and a cowboy to help the Foundation staff pass out prizes to faculty and staff for participating during those first few record-breaking years.”
Hoover was awarded an honorary degree from RCC in May of 2014, and was one of only six people in the nation honored by the Council for Resource Development as a Benefactor of the Year in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.
The RCC trustees awarded Hoover the Distinguished Service Award in August 2017 for all of her years of dedication to the College.
“The College means so much to me,” Hoover said. “It’s a place that I have given my love and my love has been returned. I’m overwhelmed; I’m flattered. There are no words big enough to say what that means to me and what you’ve done. Thank you for sharing this beautiful day.”
Ann and Bill Hoover are members of RCC’s Legacy Society President’s Infinity Circle, and also supported the College by starting an endowed scholarship in 2004 that helps first-generation students.
Sons Hunter and Chip were in attendance, along with the Hoovers’ grandchildren, members of the RCC Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, members of the Asheboro City Council, Asheboro Mayor David Smith, Randolph County Board of Commissioners Chair David Allen, other special guests, and RCC students, faculty, and staff.
First United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Lynda Ferguson blessed the building before attendees went inside for refreshments.