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UMW Establishes Athletic Endowment, Names Arena for Ron Rosner

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors voted November 20, 2015, to establish the $500,000 Ron Rosner Athletic Endowment and to recognize Rosner by naming an arena in his honor. The arena, which is within the William M. Anderson Center, will be known as the Ron Rosner Arena.

The annual endowment will support the UMW athletic program to benefit student-athletes and the local community.

The arena will be dedicated on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Anderson Center during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Virginia Wesleyan College. Admission is free for the 7 p.m. game, designated as Community Night.

“Rosner, founder and chairman of the board for the Rosner Automotive Group, is a long-time supporter of the University and the greater Fredericksburg community,” UMW said in a press release.

“The community has been so generous to me, and I feel strongly that I want to give back,” Rosner said. “The University of Mary Washington is a great asset to the region and an integral part of the community. I hope my gift will help bolster the University’s already strong athletics program.”

A native of New York City, Rosner served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador in the late 1960s. He later studied at American University in Washington, D.C., earning his bachelor of arts in international service in 1970, his master’s in international service in 1972.

To pay his way through graduate school, he began working at a Toyota dealership in Falls Church in 1970. In 1979, he purchased the Toyota dealership in Fredericksburg. Today the Rosner Automotive Group includes seven franchises, nine stores and 500-plus employees. In the fall of 2015, Rosner and his partner, stepson Clay Huber, restructured the company, dividing its stores and franchises into the Rosner and Huber Automotive Groups.

Rosner’s name is also on a local YMCA — The Ron Rosner Family YMCA at 5700 Smith Station Rd., in Spotsylvania. Rosner also purchased the naming rights for a proposed Hagerstown Suns baseball stadium in Fredericksburg, but the stadium deal never materialized.

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