ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College was among three local education institutions to be awarded with the Addison J. Comstock Award at the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and awards breakfast.
The Comstock award, sponsored by Citizens Gas Fuel Co., is presented annually to organizations or individuals who “aggressively promote commercial growth within our community,” said James Cottington, president of the chamber board of directors.
Cottington went on to note the colleges’ economic impact on the community, including operating budgets, payrolls and capital investments in the tens of millions of dollars, and student population growth.
Ronald Reeves, Vice President for Development at Adrian College, accepted the award on behalf of college president Jeffrey R. Docking.
“Our student enrollment has grown by nearly 38% since 2005. Our retention rate is 92%, while our operating budget is over $57 million. However, there is much more to the value of the school then its economics, it is the quality of life which these institutions give us,” Reeves said.
The College offers unique athletic facilities available to the community such as Arrington Ice Arena and Nicolay Field. Adrian College is also home to the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, community art programs and student-led community service that are integral to the campus and its community, Reeves said.