News - 10/10/2013

MiraCosta College Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award

Report to the Region

The MiraCosta College Foundation presented Carlsbad resident Knox Williams with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor was bestowed at the college’s Community Leaders Breakfast: Report to the Region, held October 9. MiraCosta College acknowledged Williams for his dedicated service and generous philanthropy to the college and the local community.  

“Knox embodies the best of philanthropy and community service and we could not be prouder to count him as a member of our Foundation Board,” said Foundation Executive Director Linda Fogerson when presenting the award. “Knox knows that it’s not just about completing those first two years of lower-division studies; it’s about keeping the door to higher education open and providing every individual with a pathway to a better life through education.”

Williams, himself a product of the California Community College system, started his educational career Bakersfield Community College and completed it at UCLA. 

"I spent three and a half years trying to find myself at a community college,” said Williams. “I am so grateful for the experience and for the difference having a college education has made in my life and in my children's lives. I want to make it possible for others to have those same opportunities.”

For Williams and his wife, June, long-time Carlsbad residents and community leaders, establishing a charitable gift annuity with MiraCosta College and volunteering on the MiraCosta College Foundation Board is a natural extension of their philanthropic involvement in the community.

"I know that there are a lot of deserving students who need a little financial assistance," Williams said.

In addition to the generous gifts he has provided to the college, he has been a tireless volunteer and philanthropist in the North County community. Williams is a member and past president of the El Camino Real Rotary, the chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation a.k.a. Endow Carlsbad, and for more than 20 years, he has been a member and is former chair of the board at the Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA (formerly known as the Santa Margarita Family YMCA). 

Most people know Knox and June from their former business, Rayne Water Conditioning, located in Vista since 1969. They bought the franchise in 1961 and recently sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Rusty Wallis of Carlsbad. The business is also famous for the many uplifting and community-oriented messages that are displayed each week on their company sign. 

"We are so grateful to the Williamses for making this investment in MiraCosta College and its students," said Fogerson.

For more information, contact the MiraCosta College Foundation at 760.795.6777.

Photo: Knox, his wife June, and their daughters Teri (left) and Jeri.

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