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Thompson Receives Award of Distinction from MCCA

October 30, 2013

Tony Thompson  
Tony  Thompson

Anthony Thompson, president of KWAME Building Group Inc., is the recipient of the Award of Distinction from the Missouri Community College Association.


The Award of Distinction is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated sustained service and commitment to their local community college. It is one of the highest honors the association’s membership bestows.


Criteria for selection include significant financial contribution to a college or leadership in acquiring such gifts, or significant contribution of time or resources that advances the role and mission of community colleges throughout the state.


Thompson, who founded KWAME in 1991, was recognized for sustained service and commitment to the STLCC Foundation for more than 19 years. In 2006, he established the Jack Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his father to help students attending STLCC-Forest Park obtain their associate degrees. He also served as the honorary chair of the college’s inaugural 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament in 2012, another major event to raise funds for student scholarships.


Thompson has served on the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and its Strategic Planning, Scholarship, Finance and Audit, and Fundraising committees. He also is a member of the Chancellor’s Corporate Advisory Board.


“Tony is an ardent advocate of St. Louis Community College and consistently helps sponsor fundraisers that provide financial support to our students,” said Jo-Ann Digman, foundation executive director.

Thompson and his wife, Kim, established the KWAME Foundation to support universities and schools that improve educational opportunities for minority students. KWAME has been recognized as one of 48 companies most supportive of historically black college and university engineering schools.


After a personal tragedy, he established the Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence, which is named for his late brother who was a strong advocate for education. A former police chief, Tyrone Thompson was killed outside his home during a robbery attempt in 2010. The program was created for STLCC students to tutor and mentor St. Louis Public School students who have been suspended. The program is housed at STLCC’s William J. Harrison Education Center.


The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.