The University of Maryland University College is celebrating more than 60 years of serving the U.S. military world-wide as the premier supplier of non-traditional education to our troops. UMUC is now educating 60,000 military and family members.
Click Here to Read The University of Maryland University College's letter to The Blewitt Foundation
RICHARD F. BLEWITT
After a successful career heading the premier niche issue and crisis management firm Rowan & Blewitt, which was acquired by the Interpublic Group of Companies, Rich joined several of his former colleagues to form R&B Associates. The group continues to focus most of its work supporting leading corporations.
Some of Rowan & Blewitt’s efforts included helping Exxon after the Valdez oil spill, supported American Airlines following the 9/11 attack, assisted Household Finance with the sub-prime lending controversy working with state attorneys general across the country and counseled Ford Motor during the Firestone Tire issue. It served more than 30 of the Fortune 100 companies.
Much of Rich's work with Rowan & Blewitt (and now R&B Associates) centers on leading efforts to solve and prevent problems for corporations usually dealing with litigation, government, media and interest group scrutiny. This includes the counseling and coaching of CEOs and other top management. Rowan & Blewitt was considered by many to be "the front office" firm to turn to because of its success with issues and crises facing global corporations.
He has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of University of Maryland University College (UMUC), one of the world's largest public universities with major online growth, and the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, best known for Character Counts! program for youngsters. He has served as chair of both boards. Rich served on the University System of Maryland Foundation’s Board of Directors. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Parks and Conservation Association.
In addition to his management consulting and non–profit board activity, Rich founded The Blewitt Foundation in 2005 to support the severely injured of our nation’s military and their families. The Blewitt Foundation has joined with The Yellow Ribbon Fund and UMUC to form Pillars of Strength, a scholarship fund for the caregivers for our critically wounded service members.
Excerpts from Destination R&R attendees:
"......You have sought out the disabled service members, including their families, recognized and honored them in a way that is unheard of in today's society.....My favorite part of the trip only last 20 seconds. It occurred when our son looked up at his Dad and for the first time, didn't see his disabled father, but he saw his hero. Thank you for that wonderful gift."
"......The trip made a profound impact on our family and we will be forever grateful......We will never forget how much you have changed our lives"
Michael Josephson is the Founder & CEO of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and its well-known Character Counts! program. His daily commentary is heard by several million listeners on KNX Radio in Los Angeles, the Armed Forces Radio Network globally and several other U.S. radio stations, as well as printed in a number of U.S. local newspapers.
Click Here for Michael's Veterans Day commentary.