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May 15, 2010

Farmingdale Alumnus To Receive Honorary Doctorate

Robert Ench to be Honored at 91st Commencement

Bob Ench
Bob Ench
Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College, is pleased to announce that Robert Ench of Avondale, Pennsylvania is the 2010 recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York.  Dr. Ench will receive his degree on Sunday, May 16 at Farmingdale's 91st Commencement.

"Bob Ench is a prime example of what hard work and vision, combined with the proper education can produce.  His success in the horticulture industry is outstanding and his support in many ways of Farmingdale State is greatly appreciated," said President Keen.

Dr. Ench, originally from Brooklyn, is a 1960 graduate of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture. He has become a nationally recognized leader in the horticulture industry.

Shortly after graduating from Farmingdale's horticulture program, he grew a local garden center, Flower Time, to encompass a chain of 38 retail centers.  Dr. Ench then became chairman of an operation that incorporated 250 stores across the nation, including Frank's Nursery.

A leader in the field of sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes, he was selected to work in Washington D.C. with Lady Bird Johnson on a number of beautification projects. Furthermore, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas,

As the president and owner of Hopewell Nursery, he continues his success, even in retirement, supplying nursery stock from Maine to Virginia.

Dr. Ench has been exceptionally loyal to his alma mater through fund raising for scholarship, generous donations of plant material and service on the College Council, the College Foundation and the Alumni Association.

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