Delaware Technical Community College Board Chairman Scott A. Green presented the Paul K. Weatherly Award to Blanche Williams Baker for her support of the college’s mission, goals and students during the Jack F. Owens Campus 50th commencement ceremony May 15.
In 1990, Baker, the daughter of Sen. John and Elsie Williams, donated her childhood residence and its contents to Delaware Tech. The Williams residence became the college’s first off-campus conference center. The home showcases Senate memorabilia, including the chair John used for 24 years, more than 17 binders of news clippings, and numerous political cartoons that capture Williams’ persona of being the “Conscience of the Senate.”
Through the ongoing support of Baker, the John and Elsie Williams Conference Center was recognized in 2007 with a marker signifying the Williams’ contributions to Delaware history.
In addition, Baker and her late husband, Ray, provided more than 960 acres of farm and timberlands to the Owens Campus in Georgetown with the hopes that the property donation would be sold, and the net proceeds would benefit the campus in late 2007. The gift ensures continued maintenance of the John & Elsie Williams Conference Center and funds initiatives on the Owens Campus that meets the needs of the college’s students and Sussex County.
“Blanche is a true ambassador of Delaware Tech and community college education,” said Mark Brainard, Delaware Tech president. “Her support and commitment to the college have never wavered.”
The Paul K. Weatherly Award, named after the first Delaware Tech president, was created in 1995 to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Delaware Tech and best exemplify the ideals of the community college spirit.