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RCBC renames Enterprise Center after Votta family

Photo of newly-renamed Votta Hall seen from the campus quad

In honor of the generous family who owned the land where Rowan College at Burlington County now grows, the college is dedicating and renaming the Mount Laurel Campus’ Enterprise Center to Votta Hall. 

In 1993, despite several offers from developers, Louis Votta decided to sell his 112-acre farmland in Mount Laurel to the college because of his belief in the importance of higher education. The family also donated $500,000 to support students at the college.

“Louis Votta’s generosity and support of education was the catalyst for Rowan College at Burlington County being able to expand and become what it is today, a leading model of higher education for the nation and the number one community college in the state,” said RCBC President Paul Drayton. “He had said that he hoped the college would be here for eternity, and not only are we still here, but we are modernizing our campus, building a state-of-the-art Student Success Center, and creating an experience that will serve students well into the future.”

In October of 2003, the college placed the Votta name on the pavilion that served as an entrance to the Science Building and Enterprise Center. Prior to his 2003 passing, Louis and Mary Votta had made the substantial half million dollar gift to the college.

“We are thankful for Votta’s vision, which allowed the college to create the Mount Laurel Campus that now serves as the college’s main campus and helps thousands of students transform their lives through education,” said Freeholder Linda Hughes, who serves as liaison to the college. “Votta Hall has also undergone an exciting transformation this year into a vibrant hub of student activity where students learn, grow and work together toward their educational goals.”

The former 64,000-square-foot business conference center, now Votta Hall, includes classrooms, executive offices and an auditorium. It is undergoing renovations to create additional space for students as RCBC transitions its main campus to Mount Laurel.

RCBC is on track to open the new Student Success Center, which will serve as the gateway to the newly transformed Mount Laurel Campus, this summer. The college is also making progress on its new quad that will give RCBC more of a four-year university feel and be large enough to hold events such as graduation, concerts or movies. In addition, the former Briggs Road Center will become home to the college’s new Health Sciences Center this fall. All nursing, dental hygiene, imaging and health information technology programs will move into the completely renovated building.

“RCBC is fulfilling the Votta family’s wishes,” Drayton said. “Where the Vottas once cultivated their crops, our students are cultivating knowledge, nourishing their minds and harvesting their maximum potential.”

RCBC plans to formally acknowledge the Votta family when the building is dedicated. Family members are invited to contact Greg Volpe, executive director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, at gvolpe@rcbc.edu or 856-222-2514.

Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County is dedicating and renaming the Mount Laurel Campus' Enterprise Center to Votta Hall (far left).