At a time when reliance on state funding is becoming more and more precarious, Shoreline Community College is taking a strong step toward stability.
“I’m very pleased to announce that Jane McNabb is coming to the college as Chief Advancement Officer,” President Lee Lambert said. “This position is new to the college, but critical to its future as we move into this era of reduced public support and increasing public need.”
McNabb will oversee the Office of Advancement, which includes the Public Information Office (PIO) and the Shoreline Community College Foundation. PIO is led by Jim Hills, special assistant to the president for communications, marketing and government relations. Ritva Manchester is responsible for community outreach efforts and has been interim director of the foundation. While McNabb will assume the foundation director title, Manchester will continue to work on foundation, advancement and outreach projects
“Jane’s job will be to work with existing partners, form new alliances and look for ways to reduce our reliance on public funding so we can continue to serve our students and our communities,” Lambert said.
McNabb comes to Shoreline from Florida where most recently she was executive director of the St. Joe Community Foundation, the charitable arm of one of Florida’s largest land developers. McNabb also served for 10 years as executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a public-policy research organization, where she helped raise more than $5 million under a “WorldClass Schools” campaign.
In the realm of higher education fundraising, McNabb has served as associate vice chancellor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, director of leadership gifts at Florida State University and director of corporate and foundation relations at Virginia Tech University. In 1991 at Virginia Tech, McNabb was responsible for raising $12 million, nearly half of the foundation’s total that year.
McNabb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from State University of New York, Albany, in 1981. She holds a Master of Arts in liberal studies degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., awarded in 1989.
“Raising money for a college means being able to meet the needs of more students, the community and our partners,” McNabb said. “Times are tough out there, but there are still people of wealth and businesses willing to support the programs they believe in.”
McNabb said she’s looking forward to bringing her fundraising experience and expertise to Shoreline, a geographic leap from Florida that isn’t quite as far as it might sound. McNabb said her husband retired from the faculty at Virginia Tech and moved to property in the Canadian Gulf Islands near Vancouver Island.
“I went there and tried to slow down, but I’m just not ready,” McNabb said with a smile during her interview process in July. “I have a talent and I want to use it.”
McNabb is scheduled to start on Sept. 7, 2010.