FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College recently announced the establishment of The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business.
George B. Delaplaine Jr., a prominent Frederick businessman, provided a major gift to endow the new school of business, the college announced in a news release.
During a ceremony on campus attended by members of the Hood community and local business and community leaders, Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine praised Delaplaine for his contributions to the community over the last half-century. Chapdelaine also honored Delaplaine with the President’s Medal for Hope, one of Hood College’s core values.
“Over a lifetime of accomplishments, George has shown entrepreneurial vision and has leveraged his business success to positively impact the Frederick community in countless ways,” Chapdelaine said. “His family set the standard for good citizenship in Frederick even before Hood’s founding, and we are proud to honor his name. The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business will be a hub for social entrepreneurship in the community, allowing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students enriching experiences beyond the classroom.”
The gift will support faculty recruitment and development, faculty and student research, academic programming and general administrative needs.
In his remarks, Delaplaine encouraged students to develop fundamental business skills for life.
“Sound financial management is necessary in business and in your personal life,” he said. “A good business education teaches you how to use company resources wisely, especially in regard to cost-effectiveness and regulation compliance. Your own personal financial health is, without a doubt, necessary for your peace of mind.”
Delaplaine is president of Great Southern Enterprises Inc. and chairman of the board of Delaplaine Foundation Inc. He served as past president and CEO of the Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Co., parent company of the Frederick News-Post, GS Communications Inc., the Job Shop and GS Net.Works.
Delaplaine’s mother, Ruth Carty Delaplaine, graduated from Hood in 1913. His sister, Frances “Franny” Delaplaine Randall, graduated from Hood in 1945. He and his late wife, Bettie, whom he met while she worked as an assistant in Hood’s biology department, both received honorary degrees in 2008.