Thompson to head CCBC Dundalk Foundation
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:11

Local auto exec tapped to lead funding board

by Nicole Rodman

    Founded in 2005, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Foundation was established as a means of providing additional funding for CCBC’s campuses in Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville.
    Thoughout the year, the CCBC Foundation works to raise money to support various programs and activities at CCBC.
    Funds raised by the foundation go toward student scholarships, curriculum development, facilities and equipment needs  and other beneficial programs and activities.
    In addition to the CCBC Foundation, which raises funds for college as a whole, each campus also has its own foundation.
   

Each foundation is run by a board consisting of prominent community members. Each board member serves a three-year term.
    This year, the CCBC Dundalk Foundation has appointed former Edgemere resident Doug Thompson, of Thompson Automotive, as president of the board.
    For Doug Thompson, senior vice president at Thompson Automotive, serving on the CCBC Dundalk Foundation  board is just one of the ways in which he gives back to his community.
    Raised in Edgemere, Thompson graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 1970.
    After high school, Thompson joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in Florida, Vietnam and Thailand.
    Following his military service, Thompson returned home to the family business, Thompson Automotive.
    “After serving four years in the Air Force, I came into the family business, which at that time was just Thompson Lincoln Mercury,” Thompson explained in an e-mail to The Eagle on Monday.
    With his cousins Tom Thompson, Ron Thompson and Ed Thompson, he has built his family’s business, growing from one dealership to five.
    Today, Thompson Automotive has a number of locations in the Dundalk area ­— Thompson Mazda and Hyundai on Merritt Boulevard and Thompson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on North Point Boulevard.
    Serving on the CCBC Dundalk Foundation board for the last five years, Thompson was elected to a term as president in June.
    According to Thompson, the board’s major focus will be to support CCBC and its president, Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis.
    “Dr. Kurtinitis has done a tremendous job in not only saving [CCBC Dundalk] but has built it into one of the finest community colleges on the East Coast,” Thompson noted, adding, “It will be our responsibility to help and support her in any way we can.”
    In addition to his work with the CCBC Dundalk Foundation, Thompson is also a member of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.
    “I grew up in the Dundalk area where my family has been serving our community for over 85 years,” Thompson explained of his ties to the community, noting, “Thanks to our customers we were able to grow our business into what it is today.”
    Also recently named to the CCBC Dundalk Foundation board was Marc Czosnowski, vice president and small business relationship manager of TD Bank’s Maryland region. He was unable to provide information by press time.