Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, L.H.D.’18, the chairman and co-founder of The Bozzuto Group and chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, was selected by the Maryland newspaper The Daily Record as a 2019 Icon Honors recipient.
The annual awards recognize Maryland business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field.
In its profile of Bozzuto, The Daily Record notes that the Baltimore-area businessman “takes pride in knowing that his 31-year-old company has improved many communities, and the lives of the people who live in those communities, by focusing on its customers’ needs.”
“A company we started with an idealistic commitment to our core values — concern, creativity, passion and perfection — remains today, led by its second generation, not only financially successful but as strongly committed to those values as ever,” Bozzuto told the paper.
During Bozzuto’s more than 45-year career in real estate, he has overseen and been responsible for the creation of more than 50,000 homes and apartments, garnering national renown for his leadership and vision in the industry. The recipient of the Freddie Mac Builder of the Year award among many others, Bozzuto was a Congressional Appointee to the Millennial Housing Commission and served several terms as a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Housing Commission. He previously served as chair of the board of the National Multi Housing Council, which represents the leadership of the apartment industry nationally.
At Hobart, Bozzuto majored in English, was a Theta Delta Chi brother and a Druid, played football, was a member of Hobart Student Association and Little Theatre, and worked at Saga. He was president of his sophomore and junior classes and, in his senior year, president of the student body. He served as a combat correspondent for the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, and later earned a master’s degree in metropolitan studies from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
In 2017, Bozzuto, his wife Barbara, and their children Toby and Lexie made a $4 million gift to endow the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship and the Bozzuto Family First-Generation Endowed Scholarship, underscoring their family’s staunch support of Hobart and William Smith. Bozzuto was a lead donor in the renovation of the Colleges’ boathouse, named in honor of his father, Charles Bozzuto. He was recognized by his peers with the 2008 Alumni Citation, which was awarded with gratitude and admiration for his longstanding engagement. To commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary, Barbara established the Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Colleges.
Bozzuto has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999. He was named board chair in 2016.