The work session of Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 27, included some significant comings and goings in the Office of Advancement.
On the going side was Judith Hansen, Interim Executive Director – College Advancement. Hansen has resigned from her position as Interim Executive Director, College Advancement, effective Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Appointed Jan. 4, Hansen, cited personal reasons for leaving.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at SCC,” Hansen said. “While I remain excited about the direction of the college, this is a personal decision, one that I needed to make for myself.”
Hansen came to the college in 2009 in a part-time role to address grants-related needs. A former president at three community colleges, Hansen was initially working to establish a more uniform process for grant applications. The Office of Advancement leadership role had been empty since it was established in 2008.
At Wednesday’s meeting SCC President Lee Lambert thanked Hansen for her work both in relation to college grants and the Office of Advancement. “Judith has been a tremendous help to the college,” Lambert said.
While Hansen is leaving, two things are coming to Advancement: The outline of a three-year plan for the office, presented by Hansen to the trustees, and a commitment by the trustees to fund her replacement out of the board’s reserve fund.
The rarely touched reserve fund contains approximately $1.2 million, put there by a previous administration, according to Budget Director Holly Woodmansee. The college has made no contributions to the fund in recent years, she said. During the regular part of the meeting, Trustee Dick Stucky made a motion to dip into the reserve fund for the Advancement position. Following Trustee Jerry Smith’s second and discussion, the motion was approved on a 4-0 vote with Trustee Shoubee Liaw absent.
The three-year plan presented by Hansen is an outline of how Advancement would work toward promoting the college, raising its profile with the budget-related goal of reducing Shoreline’s reliance on state funding. As the college grapples with budget issues brought on by cuts in state support, Lambert has said the Office of Advancement, which includes the Foundation, must help find other revenue sources.
“Regardless of whether a specific person is here, we must move ahead with this effort to wean ourselves away from increasingly unreliable state funding,” Lambert said. “Judith helped put a framework in place, now the work must go on.”