Statue Unveiled Honoring Broward College Donor the Late Robert “Bob” Elmore

Broward College Foundation celebrated the legacy of the late Robert “Bob” Elmore with the unveiling ceremony of a bust in his likeness during a special reception to honor the esteemed Broward College donor.

Gifted by Elmore’s partner, Joan, and sculpted by renowned international artist Nilda Comas, the beautiful bronze bust is on display in the stairwell of the library on Broward College’s Central Campus in Davie, Florida.

“Mr. Elmore truly loved Broward College, and he leaves behind an incredible legacy that continues to inspire our students to become the best that they can be,” said Megan R. Cottle, Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer for the Broward College Foundation. “Beyond his generous financial contributions, he was especially generous with his time by mentoring students and collaborating with faculty.”

The Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College at Broward College, named in his honor, strives to provide a rigorous, relevant, and coherent experience for Broward College students. Every aspect of the Honors College, academic, extracurricular, and social, is organized around the Four Pillars of Honors Education: Critical Thinking, Service, Research, and Leadership.

Elmore’s generosity created transformational opportunities for students to succeed, including Honors College alumnus Robert Diaz. “Bob turned his vision into a reality through his constant support of both students and faculty,” said Diaz, who today serves as Senior Director STEM ACCESS Project at Broward College. “His impact is exponential, and now it’s my privilege to pay it forward and carry on his legacy by sharing the gifts I was given.”

Elmore passed away in 2010 at the age of 91. He retired as a successful paving company executive and was a philanthropist who supported more than 50 nonprofit organizations. His community involvement earned him the Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 “Some of my happiest memories with Bob were from our time spent at Broward College and in conversation with the many honors students we hosted at our home,” said Joan Elmore. “Although he lost his sight, he always had a great vision for the college community and loved inspiring the next generation of future leaders.”   

 Joan also served as a mentor to students at Broward College. “Having Joan as my mentor has been a blessing,” said Maria Quintero, a sophomore at Broward College who is studying interactive design. “The Elmore family has been very gracious and given so much to the community while expecting nothing in return. I’m really excited to learn more and see where this mentorship leads me.”

 Attending the ceremony were alumni and current students from the Honors College, the Elmore family and friends, and faculty and staff, including Dr. Quakish Liner, Dean of the Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College; Dr. Lulrick Balzora, Dean of Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services; and Dr. Monique Blake, Dean of Libraries and Academic Success Centers.