Calhoun Community College Receives $60,000 Gift From Bbva Compass

May 14, 2009


Calhoun Community College today received the second $30,000 installment of a $60,000 gift from BBVA Compass for capital support of four priorities at the college: Health Sciences, Math and Science, Scholarships and Campus Development.

BBVA Compass President and CEO, Manolo Sánchez and Decatur City President, Russell Graydon, presented the gift during an early morning reception hosted by college officials. The reception concluded with a tour of the Decatur college campus by BBVA Compass executives.

"As a company, we believe healthy communities create strong businesses," said Sánchez. "Calhoun Community College plays an important role in the future of this community and the state. We are proud to support their capital campaign and look forward to all the wonderful initiatives to come from the college."

The Calhoun College Foundation successfully completed the three-year capital campaign raising more than $3.6 million dollars. The success of the campaign was publicly announced during the College’s 60th Anniversary Gala in April 2008, which culminated a year-long celebration of Calhoun’s 60 years of successful service to the region. It was at this time that BBVA Compass presented the first installment of its gift. The campaign was led by community volunteer chairs Barrett C.Shelton and Dr. George Hansberry in Decatur and Sandra Steele, Steve Raby and Phil Dotts in Huntsville.

BBVA Compass has a long history of support for Calhoun Community College. Along with its legacy banks, BBVA Compass and its associates provide stewardship in board and advisory leaders, fund various scholarships, as well as provide direct financial support, illustrating a model of true public-private partnering.


BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 578 branches including 306 in Texas, 92 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 45 in Florida, 36 in Colorado and 22 in New Mexico. Compass is among the top 25 largest banks in the U.S. based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Texas (4th) and Alabama (3rd).

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of Compass Bancshares, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBV) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a financial services group with more than $750 billion in total assets, 48 million clients, 8,000 branches and approximately 109,000 employees in more than 30 countries. BBVA provides its customers around the world with a full range of financial services, including commercial and wholesale banking, retail banking services, consumer loans, mortgages, credit cards, securities brokerage, wealth management, pension plan management and insurance. The BBVA Group maintains a leadership position in Spain, Mexico, Latin America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States as well as operations in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trademark of Compass Bank.

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