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Chesapeake Announces Pride of Peake Honorees

Colburn, Rhodes to be lauded at Spring fundraiser

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013


WYE MILLS – Dr. Harry Rhodes and Sen. Richard Colburn, both long time advocates for Chesapeake College, will be honored April 25th at the annual Pride of the Peake banquet.

Queenstown native Dr. Rhodes, is one of the "founding fathers" of Chesapeake College and a staunch supporter throughout the institution’s nearly 50-year history.

A career educator, Dr. Rhodes began teaching math and science at Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, where he later became principal. In 1952, Dr. Rhodes returned to the Eastern Shore as superintendent of Queen Anne’s County schools.

It was in his role as superintendent, that Dr. Rhodes was instrumental in opening a regional community college on the Shore.

"Dr. Rhodes represents the core of Chesapeake College; his tireless efforts not only laid the foundation for the establishment of the college, but saw to the success of it. As we near our 50th Anniversary, I’m proud that we are able to honor a man whose life work made Chesapeake College a reality," said Chesapeake Alumni and Friends Association President Robby Sheehan.

In addition to his work in education, Dr. Rhodes has also served on several prominent boards in the area including Chesterwye Center, Memorial Hospital at Easton, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Sen. Colburn, who is a native of Easton, graduated from Chesapeake College in 1982. In that same year, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. The legislator was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1995.

Sen. Colburn is the Chairman of the Eastern Shore Delegation Committee, and works in local government as the town manager of Federalsburg.

Now serving his fifth term in the Maryland Senate, Sen. Colburn is a vocal supporter of the college at both the state and federal government levels.

"The work Senator Colburn has done for the Chesapeake College community has been invaluable; we are grateful for the prestige he brings to our Alma Mater and the contributions he has made to the constituents he represents," Mr. Sheehan said.

Tickets for the Pride of the Peake banquet are $50 per person, with tables of eight available. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chesapeake College Alumni and Friends Association. For more information, please contact Lauren Halterman at 410.827.5818 or


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