Michael Rhodes knows the tremendous impact a scholarship can make for college students. As a scholarship recipient himself while at Atlantic Christian College, he understands how much a donor’s philanthropy can mean to students trying to complete their education and achieving lifelong goals.

The first in his family to attend college, Michael came to Barton from Virginia Beach, VA, and was an active member of the Men’s Track Team, Choir Ensemble, and the Madrigal Singers.  He graduated in 1973 majoring in Sociology and credits the small school atmosphere as a tremendous benefit to prepare him for life after college. Michael later received his MSAS in Community Health from East Carolina University before embarking on 45 years of public health experience including directing the Brunswick County Health Department and the Greene County Public Health Department until his retirement in November 2018.

He has been involved in several volunteer groups and boards including the Lenoir/Greene United Way, Greene County Red Cross Advisory Board, Greene County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Snow Hill Economic Development Task Force, and the Greene County Community Foundation, where he served as president.

“I was a grateful beneficiary of a music scholarship during my undergraduate experience, which was one of the main reasons I attended ACC,” Michael explains. It was because of this opportunity that he and his wife, Dare, established the Michael and Dare Rhodes Endowed Scholarship through a life insurance policy. 

Michael encourages other alumni and friends to consider what type of legacy they could leave to benefit Barton students. “We have the opportunity to look at Barton’s track record with the endowment and how it has grown most recently as high as $30 million,” he adds. “The gift of life insurance can be a very easy and manageable means for giving back to the College to help support future generations of students.  It is a way of saying “thank you” for the scholarship assistance received when I was a student.”

For additional information about naming Barton College as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or other types of planned giving opportunities, contact Tom Maze, Assistant Vice President for Leadership Giving, at 252-399-6533 or tmaze@barton.edu.

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