COM Names Five 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni at Gala
College of the Mainland celebrated its 50th anniversary in a big way on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Doyle Center.
The COM Foundation gala honoring distinguished alumni drew over 270 attendees and raised over $79,000 for scholarships.
The evening started with a VIP reception for the 12 distinguished alumni nominees, and concluded with the naming of the five 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni.
The five honorees include Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney; retired COM employee and member of the COM’s first graduating class, Tillie Henson; founder of business services company Logical Innovations, Denise Navarro; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Moody National Bank, Katherine Rodriguez; and former La Marque mayor and process technology instructor, Pete Rygaard.
Fifty-three alumni were nominated from all over the country. A review panel honed the number down to twelve finalists, and then a group of reviewers that included students, community members, and Foundation board members chose the five alumni for the 50th Anniversary honor.
The 50th Anniversary celebration continues will a free community event on campus on Oct. 1.
Learn more at www.com.edu/50th.