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Mark and LeAnn Stoddard Receive Benefactor Award

Alumni recognized for their generous contributions 

Ephraim, UT –  Mark and LeAnn Stoddard of Nephi, Utah, were honored by receiving the Benefactor Award at the Council for Resource Development (CRD) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on October 30, 2015.

The CRD Benefactor Award recognizes individuals, foundations, or corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community colleges. Award winners are honored at the CRD Benefactor Awards Banquet in conjunction with the CRD Annual National Conference in Washington, DC. 

This year the recipients are Snow College Alumni Mark and LeAnn Stoddard, active donors and volunteers for the college for many years. Mark is currently the president and CEO of Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, Utah, chairman of the Rural Health Group and Rural Health Foundation, and is also the president of Rural Health Management Corporations.  He also serves on the State Board of Regents. LeAnn is also heavily involved with volunteering for various civic, church, educational and political organizations, including the Rural Health Care Foundation.

The Stoddards have given generously of their time and resources to support their alma mater. Mark has served as the Snow College Alumni Association President, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and as the Snow College Foundation Chair. LeAnn currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Snow College Foundation Board. Their direct and indirect charitable commitments have supported scholarships, the football program and other programs and projects around campus. The Stoddards also played a significant role in the effort at Snow College to construct a new science building. Their charitable support through Central Valley Medical Center, Rural Health Group, and Rural Health Foundation was one of the first campaign commitments and influenced other support to reach the $3 million fundraising goal. Equally important is their support of sending all four of their children to Snow College as students.

“We are pleased with the CRD’s decision to recognize Mark and LeAnn.  For many years they have been quiet contributors to their college.  And, while they do not seek the spotlight, this honor is well deserved,” said Snow College President Gary L. Carlston.  “They have been generous with their time and resources, and we appreciate their friendship, support and advocacy.  Mark’s father, Bob, was an influential administrator and former coach at Snow College, and Mark and LeAnn’s son is currently attending classes on campus.  Their love of Snow College spans generations, and they indeed represent the ‘Spirit of Snow’ we often reference.”

The Council for Resource Development is an organization dedicated to empowering community colleges to succeed through resource development, fundraising and strengthening communities to ensure student success. For more information on CRD please visit


Snow College, founded in 1888 by Mormon settlers, is a two-year college with campuses in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah.  Serving 5,000 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at