Collin College Foundation Names New Board
September 14, 2007 - Collin College Foundation Board has announced a new roster that includes three new members and a new slate of officers.
D. Baron Cook of Wylie, Richard Dill of McKinney and Joan Stephens of Plano will join the 26-member board that supports programs and student scholarships at Collin College. The board will be led by four officers - Ron Johnson, chair; Phil Dyer, vice-chair; Maher Maso, secretary; and Milton Buschbom, treasurer.
"I'm excited about the quality of our Foundation Board and their commitment to increasing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation," said Johnson. "Also, I'm excited to be working with a dedicated college Board of Trustees, a first-class college leadership team and a top-ranked faculty to make a difference in our students' lives."
The new members will add a range of expertise and community involvement to the board.
D. Baron Cook has a strong business background. He is the president of Republic Closing Service, Inc., a company that has been named Business of the Year and Business of the Month by the Wylie Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Cook has served as vice president of Arapaho East, Inc.; president of Myran Corporation; and president of Newport Homes. Cook is a board member and officer of the Wylie Chamber of Commerce and a charter member and former board member of the Wylie Education Foundation.
Richard Dill has a long standing commitment to Collin College. Dill owned True Quality Pharmacies, Inc., a chain based in McKinney with 68 pharmacies in six states. After selling the company in 1998, he started Dill Investments, LLC, a real estate investment company. Dill is a member of the city of McKinney planning and zoning commission and is on several boards including Boys and Girls Club, Heard Museum, Chamber of Commerce and Serenity High Alternative School. He and his wife Diane were honored as Living Legends by Collin College in 2005.
Joan Stephens brings expertise as a financial controller to the board. Stephens is currently the chief financial officer with Stephens & Associates, Inc., which is owned by her husband. Stephens also has tax experience from eight years of work in public accounting firms and experience operating a private business, which included work in financial operations, investment decisions, human resources and cost analysis studies. She serves in leadership positions with Junior League of Plano, Southern Methodist University Mom's Club, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and Pitman Creek Estates Women's Club.
Cook, Dill and Stephens will join the 23 continuing board members to help raise money to support local students. Current board members are Richard Abernathy, Cindy Bauge, Milton Buschbom, Anita Collins, Bill Cox, Browning Duffy-Miller, Phil Dyer, Larry Eagan, David Hammel, Charles Hart, Mac Hendricks, Ron Johnson, Maher Maso, Steve Maus, Kim Quirk, Sam Roach, Bob Rothe, Gerry Ruschhaupt, Sandy Simpson, Lissa Smith, Steve Watten, Sharon Weinberg and Jane Willard.
Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.