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During a meeting of the National Housing Endowment’s board of trustees on May 19, Robert Mitchell, the 2000 NAHB president and a home builder from suburban Maryland, was named the endowment's chairman.
He succeeds Gary Garczynski, the 2002 NAHB president, who served as the endowment's chairman during the past five years.
“It is an honor to serve as chairman of the philanthropic arm of NAHB,” said Mitchell. “I hope to continue the progress we have made with initiatives like the HELP ― Homebuilding Education Leadership Program, and continue to invest in the future of housing”.
Mitchell, the co-founder and owner of Mitchell & Best headquartered in Rockville, Md., has served as a member of the board of trustees since 2005. He served three terms as president of the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association, which also named him its builder of the year for 13 years, and two terms as president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. NAHB inducted Mitchell into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 2006.
During his tenure as endowment chairman, Garczynski oversaw the establishment and growth of the endowment’s signature grant initiative, the HELP program. Under the program, two- and four-year colleges and universities are awarded up to $100,000 to bolster or establish residential construction programs. Since its inception in 2006, 19 schools have been awarded HELP grants totaling more than $1.2 million.
“Education is my passion, and I have been honored to work with my fellow members of the board to encourage the best and brightest to pursue careers in home building, and to invest in the next generation of leaders of this industry,” Garczynski said.
Garczynski will continue on the endowment board as its secretary.