ST. LOUIS, MO – Anthony (Tony) Thompson, CEO and Chairman of the Board for KWAME Building Group Inc., has received the Award of Distinction from the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA). The annual award, one of the association’s highest honors, is presented to an individual for sustained service and commitment to their local community college.Thompson was recognized for his 19 years of service and commitment to the St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Foundation.

“Tony is an ardent advocate of St. Louis Community College and consistently helps sponsor fundraisers that provide financial support to our students,” said Jo-Ann Digman, executive director of the St. Louis Community College Foundation.

Thompson has been a member of the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and has served on its Strategic Planning, Scholarship, Finance and Audit, and Fundraising committees. He also is a member of the Chancellor’s Corporate Advisory Board.

In 2006, Thompson established the Jack Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his father, to help students at STLCC-Forest Park obtain associate degrees. Last year, Thompson served as honorary chair of the college’s inaugural 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament, a major event that raised funds for student scholarships.

Thompson and his wife Kim established the KWAME Foundation to support universities and schools that improve educational opportunities for minority students, including STLCC. KWAME has been recognized as one of 48 companies most supportive of Historically Black College and University engineering schools.

After a personal tragedy, Thompson developed the Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence, named for his late brother who was a strong advocate for education. A former police chief, Tyrone Thompson was killed outside his home during a robbery attempt in 2010. Through the program, STLCC students tutor and mentor St. Louis Public School students who have been suspended. The program is housed at STLCC’s William J. Harrison Education Center.

Kwame Building Group (KWAME), an employee-owned company, is a pure program and construction management firm providing estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME was named a 2012 “Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee/PM Firm” by Engineering News Record, the construction industry’s leading news and analysis publication; and was selected as one of RCGA’s “Top 50 Companies in the St. Louis Region.” KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle. For more information, visit or call 314.862.5344.

The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.

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