Rowan College at Gloucester County

Rowan College at Gloucester County Celebrates 50th Anniversary: GALA TO HONOR “PERSON OF THE YEAR” DR. ALI A. HOUSHMAND

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Deptford Twp.
PR 058
Date: 4/7/2017

​          Deptford Twp. – Rowan College at Gloucester County celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, commemorating a milestone of growth and change. From classes first held in 1967 at off-site locations and in a remodeled farmhouse and barn on the Gloucester County College grounds, to the expanding campus that is now Rowan College at Gloucester County offering a diverse selection of academic opportunities, the College proudly celebrates five decades of student success.

            Kicking off the 50th anniversary festivities is RCGC's annual Gala on Saturday, April 22, from 6–10:30 p.m. at Auletto Caterers in Deptford. The College's Foundation Gala will recognize Dr. Ali A. Houshmand, president of Rowan University, as RCGC's Person of the Year.

            The seventh president of Rowan University, Dr. Houshmand has been a catalyst for growth at the institution since taking the helm in June 2012. During his tenure, the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University opened, enrollment increased by 7,000 students, 51 new academic programs were added and approximately $350 million in capital projects invested.
Dr. Houshmand's vision and passion have led to great change, including: Rowan receiving State research institution status, the University's integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine (its second medical school) and a partnership with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden. Rowan University is also a strong supporter of the $400 million Rowan Boulevard municipal redevelopment project.

              Dr. Houshmand was born in Iran and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He earned a second master's degree and a doctoral degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked as a staff analyst for United Airlines developing large-scale optimization and forecasting models and in higher education at the University of Cincinnati and Drexel University before joining Rowan University.

            This April's gala affair marks another year of promoting student achievement through scholarships for in-need and deserving students. Since its inception, the Gala has generated more than $840,000 for student scholarships by bringing together area business leaders, dignitaries, college alumni, faculty, students and staff to financially assist RCGC scholars. During the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to approximately 150 eligible students.

             The gala is the Foundation's primary fundraising event and promises to be an enjoyable evening of dining, dancing and entertainment with friends and colleagues – all to support student scholarships. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, in addition to a sit down dinner and dancing. The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of fine dining, entertainment and camaraderie, while supporting a good cause and taking time to honor a respected man in the community.

              Tickets are $125 a person and can be purchased online at For more information, call 856-681-6202 or email

              The Rowan College Foundation was formed in 1969 to serve as a link between the college and community. The Foundation gives special thanks to this year's Gala sponsors: Archer Law, Bellia, Bowman & Company, Cooper University Health Care, Federici & Akin, Garrison Architects, Greyhawk, Inspira Health Network, Johnson Matthey, Ogren Construction, RAI, Paulsboro Refining Company, Republic Bank, Rowan University, South Jersey Gas and TD Bank.

              Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 or Route 55.